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Re: "Jewish Americana"?
- From: Robert Cohen <rlcm17...>
- Subject: Re: "Jewish Americana"?
- Date: Thu 30 Dec 1999 20.13 (GMT)
"Americana" is, I believe, a term coined in the radio industry to describe a
particular slice of music--i.e., from the point of view of the music
industry. FWIW, I would reserve "Jewish Americana"--if we are to use it at
all--for English-language songs by Jewish singer-songwriters that in some
way or other/to some degree or another engage w/ Jewish identity or culture.
(There was a concert of "Jewish singer-songwriters" the other day at the
Knitting Factory, I believe, which I very much regret missing--though I have
no idea whether or not I would have liked, or at all responded to, what was
performed.) I don't think it makes sense at all applying it to contemporary
folk-style settings of liturgical or Biblical (Hebrew) texts--or of original
English liturgy or quasi-liturgy either, for that matter. -- Robert Cohen
(signing off for the day!)
>From: Velaires (at) aol(dot)com
>Reply-To: jewish-music (at) shamash(dot)org
>To: World music from a Jewish slant <jewish-music (at) shamash(dot)org>
>Subject: Re: A Tangent to What is Jewish Music
>Date: Wed, 29 Dec 1999 14:06:53 EST
>Another possible name is "Jewish Americana". "Americana" being the
>genre-titling afforded post-Dylan's like Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, Lyle
>Lovett etc. It seems to be defined by accoustic guitars and lyrics written
>by people who labor with intelligence and craftsmanship.
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