Beyond the Melting Pot

A hipster scholar makes room on his provocative playlist for the jubilant, in-your-face shtick of Mickey Katz

Death Wish

A tour through my private Grand Guignol

Immaterial Girl

Madonna, Kabbalah, and me

Ghetto Music

When Italians fell for klezmer, Francesco Spagnolo tuned them in to the forgotten sounds of their own people

Pulling Out the Stops

The rise and fall of the synagogue organ

Ethnic Sampling

Madonna, Gwen Stefani, and the pliability of Jewish music

A Very Special Special

VH1 gathers musical has-beens for a Seder that rocks (sort of)

Behind the Music

A beloved Lower East Side club threatened by broken sewer lines and rent hikes

Hog Wild

Maurice Sendak tinkers with Peter and the Wolf, rendering the villain as a pig and the boy as a guide to the illustrator’s own childhood.

Arlo’s Folks

Behind a great folk singer is his Yiddish poet mother-in-law

Hidden Sympathies

A dubious portrait of Shostakovich as dissident has been debunked, but motifs in his work underscore his discord with Soviet power.

Preservation Squall

The Milken Archive is trying to capture American Jewish music, but the first CDs raise doubts as to whether it can properly be called archival

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