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In his quest to trace the roots of klezmer, the traditional instrumental music of Yiddish-speaking Jews, author Henry Sapoznik unearthed antique 78s, sheet music, and newspaper clippings; found rare discus of long-forgotten radio programs; and most important of all, rediscovered and championed the last generation of old-time klezmer musicians, bringing their musical styles to a new audience. Klezmer is a fascinating story of survival against all odds, of a musical legacy so potent it can still be heard, despite assimilation and near annihilation. This expanded second edition also includes a CD of klezmer music from Shanachie Entertainment, and features music from Dave Tarras, Andy Statman, Naftule Brandwein, The Klezmatics, and others. SELLING POINTS: Includes a 20-track music CD! Written by a leading klezmer authority. Updated and expanded second edition includes new information.
Henry Sapoznik is a world-renowned authority on Yiddish music who has performed, collected, and written about klezmer music since the mid-70s. He has produced numerous reissued and new recordings of Jewish and traditional music, and served as a consultant on six documentary films. .His articles have appeared in the New Grove’s Dictionary of American Music, The Journal of American Folklore, The Jewish Almanac, and many other scholarly and popular journals and books. Sapoznik is the co-founder and director of Living Traditions, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study of Yiddish culture.