Listening for Jews in the History of the Blues

By Ari Y. Kelman

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2010

This piece looks for traces of Jewish life in the history of blues at the Blues Heaven Foundation and Museum, which is the home of the historical blues record label, Chess Records. Two Jewish brothers, Leonard and Phil Chess, owned Chess Records, an influential record label during the 1950s and 1960s that defined the sound of Chicago blues. Artists that began their careers at Chess Records include Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Bo Diddley.

Topic: Museums and Exhibitions, History, Music

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Bunzl, Matti , Havrelock, Rachel

Volume/Issue: Spring 2010

Page Number(s): 14-15

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kelman, Ari Y. Listening for Jews in the History of the Blues. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2010: 14-15. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5605


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