Rap legends Public Enemy somehow fail to say much about America’s fraught racial climate in their new album. But Seth Rogovoy says frontman Chuck D might be sending a message by taking the record’s title from a Yiddish proverb.
James Taylor, whose most recent album topped the Billboard charts, has had a number of Jewish musical pals who have contributed to his music — starting with Carole King.
There isn’t anything particularly Jewish about The Grateful Dead. But Seth Rogovoy unlocks the parallel Jewish history of the band — and explains why it won such a legion of the Tribe as fans.
At Kulturfest, Polina and Merlin Shepherd have provided one of klezmer’s most transcendent experiences. Seth Rogovoy explains why they’re klezmer’s equivalent of one of rock’s most legendary bands.
Klezmer music and Japanese punk street music sound as if they would make for strange bedfellows. But Jinta-La-Mvta have provided one of the highlights of this year’s Kulturfest.
Decades before Rachel Dolezal claimed to be black, a Jewish jazz musician and marijuana dealer named Mezz Mezzrow declared that he had undergone a “racial metamorphosis.” Seth Rogovoy recounts Mezzrow’s intriguing story.
The first international festival of Jewish performing arts, Kulturfest, opened on Sunday. Dozens of artists performed in a stimulating variety show. Seth Rogovoy offers his take.
When you’re looking at the great breadth of entertainment at NYC’s Kulturfest, it’s hard to figure out what you should see. Here are 9 shows that Seth Rogovoy says you shouldn’t miss.
Jazz innovator Ornette Coleman, inventor of the term “free jazz,” has died at 85. Seth Rogovoy how Coleman was influenced by cantorial music.
The Who has recently embarked on a 50th anniversary tour. Seth Rogovoy looks back at the group’s Jewish influences and Pete Townshend’s abandoned plans for a Zionist rock opera.