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Old-Time Music and the Klezmer Revival: A Personal Account

By the time I graduated from high school in 1971, I knew that I had a great affinity for traditional music—especially "old-time" music from Appalachia.

Cutting loose from my Orthodox Jewish upbringing and liturgical studies under my cantor father, I put my Jewish music in deep freeze and careened my way through rock and protest, winding up with "authentic folk."

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