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Ben Sidran: How Jews Influenced American Music


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An exhibition on Bob Dylan from 1961-1966 is displayed on March 1, 2012 at the Cite de la Musique
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An exhibition on Bob Dylan from 1961-1966 is displayed on March 1, 2012 at the Cite de la Musique

What do "White Christmas," "Blowin' in the Wind," and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" all have in common? They were all written by Jews. According to musician Ben Sidran, Jews helped shape the iconic American songbook, from George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, to Bob Dylan (aka Bob Zimmerman). The longtime jazz keyboard player and former NPR music host talks about his book, "There Was a Fire," and the roots of American music.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Ben Sidran, jazz musician, singer, producer and composer; author of "There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream;" and former host of NPR's "Sidran on Record" and "Jazz Alive"

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