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Mark Slobin's Oral History
Mark Slobin, ethnomusicologist, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on May 27th, 2016, in New York City.
This interview was conducted in English.
Mark Slobin was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1943.
Video highlights from this oral history
A Very Particular Kind of Background that People Don’t Have Anymore: Growing Up in a Jewish Enclave in Detroit2 minutes 11 seconds
An Ethnomusicologist's Favorite Jewish Music1 minute 25 seconds
Jewish Use of Classical Music to Perform Civic and Cultural Identity2 minutes 53 seconds
“Sung Poetics”: Mark Slobin on Why the World Needs to Hear Yiddish Song2 minutes 49 seconds
Rare Anecdotes of Everyday Yiddish Singers2 minutes 30 seconds
The Place of Jewish Music in Jewish Studies3 minutes 14 seconds
Russian Songs From My Childhood3 minutes 58 seconds
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