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American KlezmerIts Roots and Offshoots$
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Mark Slobin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520227170

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227170.001.0001

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Di Rusishe Progresiv Muzikal Yunyon No. 1 Fun Amerike

Di Rusishe Progresiv Muzikal Yunyon No. 1 Fun Amerike

The First Klezmer Union in America

(p.35) Chapter 3 Di Rusishe Progresiv Muzikal Yunyon No. 1 Fun Amerike
American Klezmer

Mark Solbin

University of California Press

This chapter attempts to rescue an early American Jewish institution from historical oblivion—di rusishe progresiv muzikal yunyon no. 1 fun amerike (the Russian Progressive Musical Union No. 1 of America)—the first Jewish musicians' union in the United States and the missing link in the history of the migration of klezmer music and musicians from eastern Europe to the United States. The origins of this union reveal a great deal about the early effects of social, cultural, and political currents of urban America on this genre of eastern European Jewish music, and about the overall transformation of traditional Yiddish culture in the New World.

Keywords:   Jewish musicians union, klezmer music, musicians, migration, eastern Europe, Yiddish culture

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