Reverb Questionnaire: Dennis Kucinich on Kanye, Katy Perry, and The Sound of Music

Reverb Questionnaire is a (mostly) static list of questions we pose via e-mail to folks outside the music industry (Sarah Silverman, Michael Chabon, and Michele Norris, etc). This week, we reached out to Ohio congressman and one-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, who will appear at the Seattle Green Festival on Sunday. Here's what we learned:

SW: What music have you been listening to today? Did you like it?

Kucinich: There is a song I have been hearing lately from Kanye West and Katy Perry ["E.T."] that I think is pretty catchy.

What's your preferred method for listening to music (iPod, car, home stereo, etc.)?


When was the last time you heard "Stairway to Heaven"? Did you turn it off?

I think the last time I heard "Stairway" was in the '80s. I didn't turn it off.

Do you play an instrument?

I used to play the cornet.

Do you still listen to anything you were listening to in high school?

Yes, rock 'n' roll.

What was the first band/artist you saw in concert? Would you see them again?

The Rolling Stones. Yes.

What was the last band/artist you saw in concert? Worth your time?

Willie Nelson in Cleveland. Yes.

When you sing karaoke, what's your go-to number?

Anything with Buddy Holly.

How do you feel about ABBA?

Mamma mia!

What is the last song you want to hear before you die?

"On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson.

Please share a favorite musical moment/story from your past.

There is a song from The Sound of Music called "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" that has been very inspirational to me throughout my life.

Last Question: Do you think organic farms will ever be able to yield enough crops to feed the hungry, or is organic going to remain a luxury of the rich?

That organic food is both a luxury of the rich and is not sufficient to feed the hungry are both urban legends. Organic food is already price-competitive in several foods in several markets, and it is going down in price more and more. I think organic agriculture is performing economically beyond expectations, given [it] has to compete against the massive subsidies that go to agribusiness.

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