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And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl:The Jewish Past as Told by the Records We Have Loved Hardcover – November 18, 2008

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ROGER BENNETT and JOSH KUN are the creators of www.trailofourvinyl.com and cofounders of Reboot Stereophonic, a nonprofit record label dedicated to rereleasing lost classics from the Jewish past.

ROGER BENNETT is a board member of the Academy of the Recent Past (www.academyoftherecentpast.com) and the co-creator of Bar Mitzvah Disco and Camp Camp: Where Fantasy Island Meets Lord of the Flies.

JOSH KUN is associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America and a contributor to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publishers; 1st edition (November 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307394670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307394675
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. E. Amos on November 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I laughed. I cried. I frantically looked through my own large record collection to find the very small number of the albums discussed within the book. Even if you have never heard of more than a tiny fraction of the musical artists discussed herein, you will enjoy the discussion of how this music/art fit within the culture. And you will dig it, even if you are not Jewish. Even more so if you are. Nah...it doesn't matter-all but Osama Bin Laden will love this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Saslow on June 25, 2009
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It's hard to imagine that a concept of LP covers could stir my memory bank. The authors have done a great research job and classified various chapters based on the covers themselves. Showing over 400 album covers and seperating them in the proper chapters was done beautifully. Fond memories of a earlier time were reestablished because of this book. Now part of my reference collection. Well done. (JAS)
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I was sort of expecting some sort of examination of Jewish influences on popular music. There's some of that in this book; but mainly it seems like an excuse for some collector to photograph his collection and show the covers to anybody willing to pay for the privilege. There are some great covers, handsomely presented and solidly packaged. A nice present to somebody else, maybe; not the kind to buy for yourself, hoping to learn much.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cary B. Barad on January 21, 2009
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A creative pictorial collection of record album covers reflecting the rich history of Jews in America. Very enjoyable to skim through and recall the famous and the unknowns who generated so much enjoyable music and religious-cultural commentary. Sort of a coffee-table book that people will undoubtedly pick up, smile at and comment on.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By moose_of_many_waters VINE VOICE on December 24, 2008
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OK, my mom is long gone, but my sweetie got me this book for Hanukah and I know she really loves me. I own a few of the albums shown here. One of them caused me to break my mother's fancy shmancy marble coffee table in two when I was a kid, the music made me dance so hard. Ah, the memories. If you know any (living) Yiddish speaking songwriters (there have to be more than five or ten besides me, I'm certain), this would make a perfect gift. Beyond that, this is the kind of book that would appeal to record collectors, I'm guessing.

Warning though: most of these albums are best just for cover gazing. For instance one of the titles here, Bagels and Bongos, has some of the most awful musicianship you could possibly hear (the drummer should have been shot before the recording session to save everyone some ear pain). But there are surprises. For instance, Mickey Katz is often reviled by Yiddish purists, but man those musicians on his albums knew how to play. By the way, Mickey Katz wasn't the one who caused me to break my mom's coffee table. That will stay a family secret.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By San on March 26, 2009
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bought this for my brother, the music maven. Nice overview of Jewish influence in the music business.
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