A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Frank London discusses his dislike for the music he heard at synagogue growing up and his discovery of Jewish music that was truly good music.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Frank London.
This excerpt is in English.
Frank London was born in New York, New York in 1958.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Jewish Music2 minutes 19 seconds
Foundation of the Klezmer Conservatory Band2 minutes 20 seconds
Waiting for Godot in Jenin2 minutes 3 seconds
Yiddish as a Post-Vernacular Language3 minutes 58 seconds
The first Yiddish song about smoking pot1 minute 13 seconds
Vision for a New Yiddish Opera: Ascher Penn and Hatuey3 minutes 59 seconds
Opera is Gesamtkunstwerk2 minutes 39 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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