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New York Noise: Radical Jewish Music and the Downtown Scene
Contributor(s): Barzel, Tamar (Author)

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ISBN: 025301557X     ISBN-13: 9780253015570
Publisher: Indiana University Press
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2015

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Music | Ethnomusicology
- History | Jewish - General
- Music | History & Criticism - General
Dewey: 780.899
LCCN: 2014027035
Age Level: 22-UP
Grade Level: 17-UP
Series: Ethnomusicology Multimedia
Physical Information: 0.7" H x 5.6" W x 9.4" (1.00 lbs) 324 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - Jewish
Features: Bibliography, Illustrated, Index, Price on Product
Review Citations: Library Journal 02/01/2015 pg. 84
Choice 07/01/2015
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Coined in 1992 by composer/saxophonist John Zorn, Radical Jewish Culture, or RJC, became the banner under which many artists in Zorn's circle performed, produced, and circulated their music. New York's downtown music scene, part of the once-grungy Lower East Side, has long been the site of cultural innovation. It is within this environment that Zorn and his circle sought to combine, as a form of social and cultural critique, the unconventional, uncategorizable nature of downtown music with sounds that were recognizably Jewish. Out of this movement arose bands, like Hasidic New Wave and Hanukkah Bush, whose eclectic styles encompassed neo-klezmer, hardcore and acid rock, neo-Yiddish cabaret, free verse, free jazz, and electronica. Though relatively fleeting in rock history, the RJC moment produced a six-year burst of conversations, writing, and music--including festivals, international concerts, and nearly two hundred new recordings. During a decade of research, Tamar Barzel became a frequent visitor at clubs, post-club hangouts, musicians' dining rooms, coffee shops, and archives. Her book describes the way RJC forged a new vision of Jewish identity in the contemporary world, one that sought to restore the bond between past and present, to interrogate the limits of racial and gender categories, and to display the tensions between secularism and observance, traditional values and contemporary concerns.

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