The Song is not the Same: Jews and American Popular Music
The Song is not the Same: Jews and American Popular Music (Paperback)
This volume of the Casden Institute's The Jewish Role in American Life annual series introduces
new scholarship on the long-standing relationship between Jewish-Americans and the worlds of
American popular music. Edited by scholar and critic Josh Kun, the essays in the volume blend
single-artist investigations with looks at the industry of music making as a whole. They range
from Jewish sheet music to the risqué musical comedy of Belle Barth and Pearl Williams,
from the role of music in the shaping of Henry Ford's anti-Semitism to Bob Dylan's Jewishness,
from the hybridity of the contemporary "Radical Jewish Culture" scene to the Yiddish
experiments of 1930s African-American artists. Contents: Foreword (Gayle Wald); Introduction
(Josh Kun); "Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars, and other Tales from the Jewish Sheet-
Music Trade" (Jody Rosen); “'Dances Partake of the Racial Characteristics of the People Who
Dance Them' : Nordicism, Antisemitism, and Henry Ford’s Old Time Music and Dance
Revival" (Peter La Chapelle); “Ovoutie Slanguage is Absolutely Kosher: Yiddish in Scat-
Singing, Jazz Jargon, and Black Music” (Jonathan Z. S. Pollack); "'If I Embarrass You, Tell
Your Friends' : Belle Barth, Pearl Williams, and the Space of the Risque" (Josh Kun); "'Here’s a
foreign song I learned in Utah' : The Anxiety of Jewish Influence in the Music of Bob Dylan"
(David Kaufman); "Jazz Liturgy, Yiddishe Blues, Cantorial Death Metal, and Free Klez: Musical
Hybridity in Radical Jewish Culture" (Jeff Janeczco).
About the Editor(s):
Bruce Zuckerman is a professor of Religion at USC, teaching courses in the Hebrew Bible, the Bible in Western Literature, the Ancient Near East, and Archaeology. Professor Zuckerman received his Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern Languages from Yale University.
Josh Kun, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He is the director of The Popular Music Project (www.usc.edu/pmp) at USC Annenberg's The Norman Lear Center and co-editor of the book series "Refiguring American Music" for Duke University Press.
Lisa Ansell is Associate Director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life at the University of Southern California. She received her BA in French and Near East Studies from UCLA and her MA in Middle East Studies from Harvard University. She was the Chair of the World Language Department of New Community Jewish High School for five years before coming to USC in August, 2007.