Mike Stax’s biography of once-promising musician Craig Smith read like the ‘Citizen Kane’ of rock biographies.
Phil Spector and Herb Alpert might have made the all-time best Jewish Christmas albums. But Mel Torme and the Moog Machine aren’t far behind.
Sure, Phil Spector’s “A Christmas Gift for You” is the best Jewish Christmas album all time. But let’s not forget Herb Alpert’s “Christmas Album” either.
We all know not to believe in curses or superstition, but during this baseball season in Chicago, the Cubs have taught skeptics to trust in the power of magical thinking.
Philippe Mora’s documentary “Three Days in Auschwitz” features a score by rock legend Eric Clapton and some compelling source material. But is the director too close to his material?
In 1961, a Jewish kid named Hal Richman invented Strat-O-Matic, a baseball strategy game that has changed the lives of countless fans. Dan Epstein explains how he became one of them.
Kenny Schaffer gave Mick Jagger a way to jam without plugging in his guitar and created a ‘sonic dildo’ to enhance women’s pleasure. Do these and other breakthroughs make him an unsung hero of Jewish know-how — or just a guy with time on his hands?
‘Single Handed’ traces the story of Teddy Rubin, a Hungarian Jew who survived the Mauthausen concentration camp, saved Army comrades during the Korean War, and ultimately received a Medal of Honor — even in the face of anti-Semitism.
There’s a long tradition of musicians shilling for product to make ends meet. Some of America’s greatest Jewish songwriters have commercialized music with the best of them — starting with Lou Reed.
A Neil Diamond show traditionally offers schmaltz, glitz and hits. But Dan Epstein explains why the singer matters more than you might think.