Mark Ronson: "Zack de la Rocha Is a Beautiful Man"

August 6, 2008 3:29 PM ET

Backstage at Lollapalooza, producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson recalled his first-ever Rage Against the Machine show (300 sweaty people crammed into New York's tiny Wetlands, where Zack de la Rocha handed a front-row Ronson the mike to scream on "Killing in the Name"). Ronson, who's finishing up albums by Daniel Merriweather, Wale and the Kaiser Chiefs, also talked about why he loved Rolling Stone's Barack Obama interview: "Holy crap, the guy who might be the next president of the United States feels the same about Stevie Wonder's five-album run as I do!" Click above for the full interview.

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