Presidential music

Lou Reed, Jan Macháček and Václav Havel, Photo: Archive of Jan Macháček / Paměť národa

Folk, rock, jazz, pop music – the musical tastes of Czechoslovak and later Czech presidents differed significantly. Václav Havel had the most friends among musicians, including world stars.

“Ach synku, synku” (“Oh son, son”) is a well-known Czech folk song. It was reputedly the favourite song of the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and was played almost every time he visited the countryside. However, according to a biography written by Zdenek Nejedlý, the song TGM liked most was “Teče voda, teče” (“Water is flowing, flowing”).

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