It's not that I'm obsessed with Eden Ahbez, but I couldn't help noticing the mention of him in a description of And you shall know us by the trail of our vinyl. This book, by the Reboot Stereophonic guys, looks fantastic. An alternative narrative of the history of North American Jewry, via its vinyl culture, taking in the Barry Sisters, Johnny Mathis, Theodore Bikel and others. It turns out they have a wonderful blog, featuring sacred moog magician Gershon Kingsley, a Mathis Kol Nidre, Johnny Yune in Hebrew, some fantastic Yiddishe/Chicano mambo, and our old favourite the Jewish cowboy. Go feast on it!
The Jewish/Latin connection is also a feature of the ouevre of Bert Berns, a close colloborator of Jerry Wexler and another Jewish backroom guy who helped shape the history of soul music. His story is highlighted in a recent excellent blog post at Captain's Crate. (From the same source, listen too to Jewish Latin god Larry Harlow, "El Judio Maravilloso".)
Previous: Nappy Brown in Yiddish, Mickey Katz, Harold Stern Jewish cowboy, Theo Bikel, Irving Fields, Lionel Bart, Pearl Williams, Yiddish Beatles, Harry Dean Stanton's Hava Nagila, Mariachi Chet Baker, Doc Pomus and Israeli bossa nova.
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