'The Times They Were a-Changin’: Jewish Protest Singers of the 1960s, with Seth Rogovoy

A Live, Online Event Recorded Via Zoom on July 15, 2021

While they may have shed the Yiddish language, Jewish singers and songwriters perpetuated the tradition of songs of social justice in the countercultural ferment of the 1960s. Musicians ranging from Bob Dylan to Phil Ochs to Janis Ian to Country Joe and the Fish wrote and sang songs that became anthems of the civil rights, antiwar, and women’s movements, among other expressions of political protest. YIDSTOCK artistic director Seth Rogovoy—the author of a book about Bob Dylan—explores how these Jewish artists addressed many of the same issues their Yiddish forebears tackled just a few decades earlier and how Jewish values seem to have informed their work.

Presented as part of YIDSTOCK 2021 and the Yiddish Book Center’s Decade of Discovery initiative, whose theme for 2021 is Yiddish and Social Justice.

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