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
Though today’s music industry hardly resembles the Tin Pan Alley era
Zero Mostel, Emma Goldman, and George Gershwin all worked on the stretch of Manhattan’s West 28th Street once known as Tin Pan Alley. Now it’s Tablet Magazine’s home, too, so let’s explore the neighborhood.
What are the 100 greatest Jewish songs ever? Tablet Magazine’s musicologists rank them all, from sacred to pop to hip-hop, from Rabbi Akiva to Amy Winehouse.
David Lehman, author of ‘A Fine Romance,’ offers insights into the American songbook