The Yiddish Book Center's

Wexler Oral History Project

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.

"It's Not Hip To Be Authentically Jewish": Klezmer Trends and Fusion

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Peter Sokolow, a full-time professional musician active in Klezmer revival, discusses his disappointment at what he perceives to be a lack of authenticity among the new wave of Klezmer music, citing the depth and intensity of the genre which has been lost due to fusion with popular genres like hip hop and rock 'n' roll.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Peter Sokolow.

This excerpt is in English.

Peter Sokolow was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1940.