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Simon J. Bronner and Caspar Battegay

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764869

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764869.001.0001

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The Jewish Atlantic: Diaspora and Pop Music

The Jewish Atlantic: Diaspora and Pop Music

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(p.109) Four The Jewish Atlantic: Diaspora and Pop Music
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Connected Jews
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Caspar Battegay

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764869.003.0005

This chapter discusses the emergence of pop music as a distinctive musical genre intended for very wide audiences and often controlled by the giants of the music business. It describes how pop is characterized by the specific conditions of religious and cultural minorities that are closely linked to African American history, such as jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll, reggae, disco music, soul, and hip hop. It also mentions the British scholar of cultural studies named Paul Gilroy, who defined the production conditions of hip hop as transnational structures of circulation and intercultural exchange. The chapter examines the relationship between the hip hop world and the real world that changed since Gilroy's observations in the 1990s. It talks about the insistence on the diasporic context of the 'Black Atlantic' and its kinship with Jewish modernity that remains pivotal to any pursuit of the diaspora in popular culture.

Keywords:   pop music, African American history, Paul Gilroy, Black Atlantic, Jewish modernity, popular culture

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