Seth Rogovoy

Seth Rogovoy is a writer, award-winning critic, book author, lecturer, teacher, and radio commentator.

He is editor-in-chief of Berkshire Living, an award-winning regional lifestyle and culture magazine serving the greater Berkshire region, southwestern Vermont, eastern New York, and northwestern Connecticut. He is also editor-in-chief of Berkshire Living's spinoff publications, including BBQ: Berkshire Business Quarterly and Berkshire Living Home+Garden.

Seth frequently writes about Jewish music and culture for publications including Forward, Hadassah Magazine, and the Berkshire Jewish Voice.

Seth is the author of The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover's Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music, the all-time bestselling guide to klezmer music. Since his book was published in 2000, Seth has continued to write, teach, and lecture extensively about klezmer. His live, one-man, multimedia program about klezmer, ROCKIN' THE SHTETL, has been presented at universities, JCCs, museums, cultural centers, and synagogues across the U.S. and in England.

For nearly twenty years, Seth was a rock and jazz critic, primarily for the Berkshire Eagle, and also for dozens of other newspapers and magazines.

Seth has taught a variety of college-level and adult-ed courses on klezmer, Jewish music, and Bob Dylan, about whom he has written extensively. He has recently published a new book titled Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet.

A graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where he has taught courses on Dylan and klezmer, Seth lives in Great Barrington, MA. Seth's weekly cultural commentary can be heard on WAMC NORTHEAST PUBLIC RADIO NETWORK ( on Fridays between 12:30 and 1 p.m., and he is the official film blogger for the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington.

Photo credit: Scott Barrow

The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover's Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music, from the Old World to the Jazz Age to the Downtown Avant-Garde Cover Image
ISBN: 9781565122444
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 12th, 2000