There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream (revised and updated)

There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream (revised and updated)

by Ben Sidran
There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream (revised and updated)

There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream (revised and updated)

by Ben Sidran

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Overview

There Was a Fire is the only complete history of how immigrant Jews helped birth America's popular music industry and the terms of the American Dream.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578800691
Publisher: Nardis Books
Publication date: 03/23/2021
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Ben Sidran was a major force in the contemporary history of jazz and rock & roll, having played keyboards with or produced such artists as Steve Miller, Mose Allison, Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs, Phil Upchurch, Tony Williams, Jon Hendricks, Richie Cole and Van Morrison. Though primarily renowned as a gifted pianist, composer, producer, among other music-related roles, Ben Sidran has also made a name for himself as a writer. Sidran's first book, Black Talk: How the Music of Black America Created a Radical Alternative to Western Literary Tradition (Da Capo Press), is based on his doctoral dissertation. Talking Jazz: An Oral History (Da Capo Press), published twenty-four years later, collects personal interviews with jazz greats such as Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins. His third literary endeavor, Ben Sidran: A Life in the Music (Unlimited Media), expresses his life-long affair with music and all its functions: as prayer, as community, as legacy, and as nothing but a party. He delves into the complex relationships between African-Americans and Jews, fathers and sons, history and hope, money and technology, ecstasy and transformation. His penultimate book, There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream, was a 2011 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and remains a teaching text in Jewish Studies programs everywhere.

Table of Contents

Author's Note  i

Preface: Howard S. Becker iii

1 Introduction: If God Is a Story, Who Is a Jew 1

2 Where Hamburgers Come From 15

3 Ragtime Jews 35

4 The New York Opera  59

5 Over the Rainbow  91

6 Strange Fruit  129

7 Up on the Roof  157

8 Hiding in Plain Sight  187

9 Sorry Son, You Can't Do Both  211

10 King of the Jews  239

11 Yo Is Oy Backwards  273

12 There Was a Fire  295

13 Epilogue: The Wind in The Trees  317

Photo Gallery  327

Notes  343

Selected Bibliography  385

Index  389

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