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What's the one album, movie or cultural obsession you'd pass on to your kids? Famous dads share their picks


David Daley
June 17, 2012 5:00PM (UTC)

Last fall, the Onion ran a so-true-it-hurts story about the "cool dad" raising his 12-year-old on Talking Heads, Big Star, Miles Davis and Stanley Kubrick films. "I wish my own dad had turned me on to the good stuff, so I wouldn't have had to wait until I was in my 20s before I started digging anything halfway decent," the dad said. His poor daughter? Stuck talking about Petula Clark while her classmates swoon over One Direction.

It struck a chord -- and made us wonder what interesting dads would suggest for their kids if they were only allowed to influence them with one thing. Distill all that cultural passion down to a single album, movie or, if you must, a special obsession.

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For the last three weeks, in a series sponsored by BVLGARI, we've asked some of our favorite musicians, writers, athletes, actors and more to share their recommendation. We've collected all the essays in this slide show; just click on the individual headlines on each slide to read the entire essay. Share your own ideas in the comments. And Happy Father's Day.


David Daley

David Daley, a former editor of Salon, is the author of the national bestseller "Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count" and the forthcoming “Unrigged: How Americans Fought Back, Slayed the Gerrymander and Reinvented Democracy.”

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