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Writing ‘Akhnaten’

A co-author of Philip Glass’ Egyptian opera, opening at the Met this weekend, recalls how the monotheistic ‘heretic Pharaoh’ became the fat lady

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Porgy and Bess

How George Gershwin’s stipulation that his opera, currently at the Met, be performed by an all-black cast, plays in the America of then and now

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Ray Charles in Israel

When the ‘Genius of Soul’ sang ‘Hava Nagila’ with David Ben-Gurion

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Mr. Jimmy

A tribute to my brother Jimmy Miller, who produced the Rolling Stones’ greatest records and heard the music in everything around him, on the 25th anniversary of his death

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The Secret History of ‘Hava Nagila’

Uncovered: the earliest known version of the Hebrew song

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Alan Lomax and the Search for the Origins of Music

Seventeen years after his death, can the anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, and folklorist who changed what America listened to overcome his original sin?

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Russian Jewish Burning Man

JetLAG, the largest open-air Russian music gathering in the United States, is an archipelago of post-Soviet affinity groups nestled on the banks of the Делавэр River in the Catskills

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Drakeo the Ruler Speaks to Tablet From Prison

West Coast rap god is shackled in the K-19 unit of the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles. His murder trial begins next week.

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Alpha Blondy Says ‘Thank You, Israel’

On tour in Holland, the reggae great talks about climbing Masada, seeing Mecca, and ‘the magic that music brings to the people’

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The Soul of a Machine

How theremin virtuosa Clara Rockmore’s life and loves shaped her eerie music

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Guard It With Your Life

How Jewish musicians preserved—and are now saving—Persian music

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Backstage Pass

Ep.159: Director Frederick Wiseman and former Rock & Roll Hall of Fame president Terry Stewart, plus comedian Travon Free on his recently resurfaced tweets

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The Golden HYFR

Drake comes of age

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Seven Strings Over Iowa

How the center of a Russian-guitar culture ended up in the American Midwest, under the stewardship of its greatest enthusiast

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The Gospel of Saint Paul

The most meaningful conversion I have ever experienced wasn’t going from left to right or abandoning bacon and going kosher. It was switching from Lennon to McCartney.

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Tupac’s Corset

Artist Zoë Buckman describes how and why she embroiders late rappers’ lyrics onto lingerie

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Her Holiness

The spirit of Aretha Franklin, whose songs would shoot through the astral plane—and beyond

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Refuseniks Wearing Yiddish Like a Drowned Man’s Shirt

Alon Nechushtan’s new jazz-opera ‘Survival Codes’ mythologizes the sacred languages that kept Soviet Jewry alive

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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

How a Russian Jewish lullaby turned into the anthem of the forgotten men and women of our country

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The Making (and Remaking) of a Jewish Jazz Masterpiece

Fifty years ago this month, a Jewish youth group issued a remarkable ‘concert service in jazz’ album featuring Herbie Hancock and other greats titled ‘Hear, O Israel’—but the composer hated it

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The Kids Are Alright

Ep. 124: Klezmer-rock band Golem, writer Molly Lambert on her grandmother’s exclusion from the 1936 Olympics, and a visit to a Hebrew language-focused elementary school in Harlem

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Across the Pond

Ep. 123: Live from Limmud, with vocalist and composer Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and Bloody Good Period founder Gabby Edlin

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Q&A with Nick Valensi

The greatest living Jewish rock guitarist speaks about the Strokes, CRX, his North African Jewish father, his French mother, the import-export business, and getting his first Guns N’ Roses tape from Sam Goody

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‘The Exterminating Angel’ at the Met

The British composer Thomas Adès, the son of Syrian-Jewish immigrants to the United Kingdom, leads an operatic adaption of Luis Buñuel’s surrealist film into a biblical trap

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‘El Ángel Exterminador’ en el Met

Tablet en Español: El compositor británico Thomas Ádes, hijo de inmigrantes sirio-judíos que llegaron al Reino Unido, conduce una adaptación operística de la película surrealista de Luis Buñuel a una trampa bíblica

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Here I Am, Haim

On the road in America with three Jewish sisters who rock

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Caught With My Khalemoyed in My Hand

Rokhl’s Golden City: In the off-days of Sukkot: not going to shul, going out with observant friends to hear an all-female klezmer band, and visiting Eichmann at a museum

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A Golden ‘Girl of the West’

New York City Opera strikes it rich with Puccini’s ‘La Fanciulla,’ in a ‘triumphant’ return for the house of music of our humble European immigrant ancestors

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Happy Birthday, Jerry Garcia. We Love You. Here’s Why.

The Dead’s frontman would have turned 75 today. His Jewish followers are undying.

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Rick Rubin’s Def Jam Confidential

How the music guru landed on the logo that launched it all

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