American Klezmer – Its Roots and Offshoots

Edited by Mark Slobin

University of California Press, 2002.


This book is a compilation of articles written by many authors: artists, researchers, writers involved in different aspects, writing away from the traditional academic world. It gathers solid studies (sometimes renewed from previous publications), in order to pursue the researches dedicated to klezmer music.

Contents :

Introduction, Mark Slobin

Part One: Roots
1. American Klezmer: A Brief History (Hankus Netsky)
2. Klezmer-Loshn: The Language of Jewish Folk Musicians (Robert A. Rothstein)
3. Di rusishe progresiv muzikal yunon no. 1 fun amerike: The First Klezmer Union in America (James B. Loeffler)
4. The Klezmer in Jewish Philadelphia, 1915–70 (Hankus Netsky)
5. “All My Life a Musician”: Ben Bazyler: A European Klezmer in America (Michael Alpert)
6. Bulgareasca/Bulgarish/Bulgar: The Transformation of a Klezmer Dance Genre (Walter Z. Feldman)

Part Two: Offshoots
7. Sounds of Sensibility (Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett)
8. Klezkamp and the Rise of Yiddish Cultural Literacy (Henry Sapoznik)
9. Newish, Not Jewish: Reshaping Klezmer Musical Traditions (Marion Jacobson)
10. An Insider’s View: How We Traveled from Obscurity to the Klezmer Establishment in Twenty Years (Frank London)
11. Why We Do This Anyway: Klezmer as Youth Subculture (Alicia Svigals)

Works Cited
Contributors
Index

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