Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales is Big on 1980s Hair Rock

By Gary Cutlack on at

Jimmy Wales has reached the pinnacle of the UK celebrity world, managing to wangle an invite to discuss his life history and favourite music on Radio 4's long-running Desert Island Discs programme.

This week saw Kirsty Young interview the Wikipedia founder and boss, with Wales talking at length about his ambitions for spreading knowledge for free around the internet, his family history, early years, Wikipedia's most controversial page edits, his thoughts on today's tech landscape and the formation of the online resource itself.

Wales reveals that he buys a physical newspaper on a Sunday, takes his books on a Kindle, and is quite the fan of reading physical old books due to a fear of leaving his iPad on a train. He's almost like a normal man.

But what we really want to see is his selection of tunes. Here they are with two power rock tracks from Rush and Mötley Crüe, and yes, he has put in a token classical piece to appear highbrow:

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama

Mötley Crüe - Shout At The Devil

Tanya Tucker - Delta Dawn

Rush - Tom Sawyer

Public Enemy - Fight The Power

Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor

Idina Menzel - Let It Go

Quite an eclectic selection, but one that reveals he's not really a man you'd want to go on a long car journey with, not unless you could agree to just have Fight The Power on repeat. [BBC via Techradar]