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Underworld Songs (untervelt-lider): Anarchy, Atheism, Crime & Sex, a song workshop with Jeanette Lewicki
Back by popular demand: more songs of Yiddish gangsters, petty thieves, anarchists, freethinkers, assassins, unmarried mothers, and sex workers. We’ll include songs about turn-of-the-century sex traffic in Buenos Aires, where prostitutes famously organized their own burial society and graveyard. Some of these songs can be heard online in the Ruth Rubin Collection at YIVO; others come from rare books and manuscripts; others from Jeanette’s own, uh, associates. We’ll learn from Roman-alphabet transcriptions, by ear, with time for questions and discussion. We’ll also enjoy some original recordings, with new insight! These songs were often sung among cronies, far from the respectable world. We owe huge thanks to the song collectors and folksingers who preserved them for us.
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