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Quincy Jones in conversation with Pop & Hiss' Geoff Boucher

Quincy140 Will Quincy Jones be the first U.S. secretary of the Arts? The music icon has been a big proponent of adding a cabinet position to promote, preserve and protect the culture and arts of America, and last Sunday night , at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, the president of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, called on President Obama to create the post.

Our very own Geoff Boucher, also of the fanboy blog Hero Complex, will ask if Jones would be interested in the job, and other questions, at a chat Thursday night at the Borders in Westwood. Jones will also be signing his book, "The Complete Quincy Jones."  We can't imagine this conversation will ever lag, but if so, just hum the "Star Wars" theme and that'll get Boucher pepped up again.

--Margaret Wappler

Boucher and Jones in Conversation at Borders, 1360 Westwood Blvd., Westwood. (310) 475-3444., 7 p.m. Thursday. Free.

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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Quincy is also the keynote speaker at SXSW and in the magazine's cover story he says he doesn't need a job. http://sxsworld.net/february_09/ ... I believe there's a familiar byline on that story.

Excellent video from a book signing in December, when Q was interviewed by the esteemed Don Heckman about the subject too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YI9_dZJJNA


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