OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Has New Passion for All Things Old

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Whenever celebrities tell magazines the book on their nightstand is The Great Gatsby or To Kill a Mockingbird, I never believe it. I think they’re all reading Harlan Coben and Jennifer Weiner books like the rest of us. But this? I believe this. Taylor Swift told Rolling Stone that right now she is reading books about American history. “I just read a 900-page book called The Kennedy Women, which dates back to the lineage of the first Kennedys coming from Ireland in the 1800s. This morning, I bought books about John Adams, Lincoln’s cabinet, the founding fathers and Ellis Island,” she said. She spent some time seeing sites around the nation’s capitol when her tour stopped there, including John F. Kennedy’s grave, so it makes sense. But it’s not just the 1800s she’s into. “I’ve been obsessed with fifties and sixties music, like the Shirelles and the Beach Boys. Like ’Wouldn’t It Be Nice.’ If I ever had a wedding, I’d walk down the aisle to that song,” she revealed about the 1966 tune. Maybe she’ll cover that one when her tour is out in Los Angeles, or even better, the B-side to that 45: “God Only Knows.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.