Mazal Tov, Amigos! Jews and Popular Music in the Americas seeks to explore the sphere of Jews and Jewishness in the popular music arena in the Americas. It offers a wide-ranging review of new and old trends from an interdisciplinary standpoint, including history, musicology, ethnomusicology, ethnic studies, cultural studies, and even Queer studies. The contribution of Jews to the development of the music industry in the United States, Argentina, or Brazil cannot be measured on a single scale. Hence, these essays seek to explore the sphere of Jews and popular music in the Americas and their multiple significances, celebrating the contribution of Jewish musicians and Jewishness to the development of new musical genres and ideas.
About the Author
Amalia Ran, Ph. D. (2007), Tel Aviv University, is a researcher of Latin American studies. Her publications include: Made of Shores: Judeo Argentinean Fiction Revisited (Lehigh UP, 2011) and the edited volume, Returning to Babel: Jewish Latin American Experiences and Representations (Brill, 2011).
Moshe Morad, Ph. D. (2013), is lecturer at Tel Aviv University and Ono Academic College, broadcaster and director of two music radio stations. His publications include articles, book chapters, and the monograph, Fiesta de diez pesos: Music and Gay Identity in Special Period Cuba (Ashgate, 2014).
Table of Contents
List of Figuress viii
List of Contributorss ix
Introduction Amalia Ran Moshe Morad 1
1 Is "White Christinas" a Piece of Jewish Music? Ellen Koskoff 11
2 The Musical Worlds of Jewish Buenos Aires, 1910-1940 Pablo Palomino 25
3 Tristes Alegrías: The Jewish Presence in Argentina's Popular Music Arena Amalia Ran 44
4 Jacob do Bandolim: A Jewish(-) Brazilian Composer Thomas George Caracas Garcia 60
5 Walls of Sound: Lieber and Stoller, Phil Spector, the Black-Jewish Alliance, and the "Enlarging" of America Ari Katorza 78
6 Singing from Difference: Jewish Singers-Songwriters in the 1960s and 1970s Jon Stratton 96
7 Toca maravilloso! Larry Harlow and the Jewish Connection to Latin Music Benjamin Lapidus 109
8 Roberto Juan Rodriguez' Timba Talmud: Diasporic Cuban-Jewish Musical Convergences in New York Nili Belkind 122
9 Yiddish Song in Twenty-First Century America: Paths to Creativity Abigail Wood 142
10 Fight for Your Right to Participate: Jewish American Rappers Uri Dorchin 153
11 Gypsy, Cumbia, Cuarteto, Surf, Blah Blah Blah: Simja Dujov and Jewish Musical Eclecticism in Argentina Lillian M. Wohl 171
12 Queer Jewish Divas: Jewishness and Queerness in the Life and Performance of Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, and Olga Guillot Moshe Morad 188
13 Third Diaspora Soundscapes: Music of the Jews of Islam in the Americas Edwin Seroussi 208
Closing Notes: The Soundstage of Jewish Life, North and South Judah M. Cohen 237