Zubin Mehta Speaks Out

The maestro slams artistic boycotts and Israel’s Palestinian stance as his Philharmonic visits Carnegie Hall

Lou Reed’s Rabbi

The rock star’s new tribute to his teacher, the writer Delmore Schwartz, illuminates their common genius

Let David Fishof Entertain You

The impresario on his new book, likely the only one to feature both Bon Jovi and the Bobover Rebbe in the index

Shanah Tova From Donald Fagen

The genius of Steely Dan talks blacks, Jews, and Lenny Bruce—and his new record, Sunken Condos

How Streisand Got Her Start

A new biography of the singer, performing in Brooklyn this week, tells how a penniless teen got her star born

Israeli Band Invades Britain

Tel-Aviv-based band Men of North Country has become a neo-Mod sensation in London

Q&A: Miri Ben-Ari

The Grammy Award-winning violinist and producer talks Kanye West, Jay-Z, and serving in the IDF

New Songs for Old Prayers

Epichorus, led by a rabbinical student and with a Sudanese Muslim singer, redefines devotional music

My Grandfather’s Love Songs

A visit with Georges Moustaki, whose ballads are an epitaph for the French-speaking Jews of the Middle East

The New Sound of Central Asia

The Alaev Family, from Tajikistan by way of Israel, turns traditional folk songs into infectious dance music

Zimbabwe’s Jewish Music

Lemba guitarist Hamlet Zhou takes an interest in his African-Jewish heritage for a new album

The Rabbi of Rock Criticism

Richard Meltzer’s new album is as timeless and immediate as his 40-year-old classic, The Aesthetics of Rock

Songs of Desert Wanderers

I was drawn to Mali’s nomads and their musical pleas for a homeland, until they allied with Islamists

Pink Floyd’s Toxic Waters

As a 16-year-old Israeli, I loved The Wall. At Yankee Stadium last week, I saw its moral failure.

Gospel Music’s Jewish Genius

The Fan Who Knew Too Much collects Anthony Heilbut’s essays on politics, culture, and gospel music

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