The Book of Klezmer: The History, the Music, the Folklore

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Klezmer is Yiddish music, the music of the Jews of Europe and America, a music of laughter and tears, of weddings and festivals, of dancing and prayer. Born in the Middle Ages, it came of age in the shtetl (the Eastern European Jewish country town), where "a wedding without klezmer is worse than a funeral without tears." Most of the European klezmorim (klezmer players) were murdered in the Holocaust; in the last 25 years, however, klezmer has been reborn, with dozens of groups, often mixing klezmer with jazz or rock, gaining large followings throughout the world.

The Book of Klezmer traces the music’s entire history, making use of extensive documentary material; interviews with forgotten klezmorim as well as luminaries such as Theodore Bikel, Leonard Nimoy, Joel Grey, Andy Statman, and John Zorn; and dozens of illuminating, stirring, and previously unpublished photographs.

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Yale Strom is the author of six books on Eastern European Jews and gypsies; has made four highly acclaimed documentaries, including The Last Klezmer, and a feature film; and is the leader of two klezmer bands, with nine records to his name.

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The recent upsurge of interest in klezmer music has spawned several impressive books. Seth Rogovoy's The Essential Klezmer and Mark Slobin's Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World are both valuable works, but Strom's entry is in many ways the most satisfying. A New Yorker who is himself a klezmer bandleader as well as the author of several books on Eastern European Jews and Gypsies, he presents a history of klezmer that is at once scholarly and personal. The historical accounting occupies four chapters: "From King David to Duvid the Klezmer," "From the Enlightenment to the Holocaust," "Klezmer in the New World, 1880-1960," and "From Zev to Zorn: The Masters of the Culture." The first appendix, "Klezmer Memories in the Memorial Books," is one of the most moving sections, featuring a collection of commentaries on klezmer music and musicians from hundreds of memorial books written by Holocaust survivors. The other two appendixes contain a useful glossary of klezmer slang and an annotated collection of a dozen representative tunes, culled from Strom's own field recording archives. Highly recommended for all collections.
Larry Lipkis, Moravian Coll., Bethlehem, PA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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