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George de Stefano

George de Stefano is a New York-based writer specializing in culture, politics and sexuality. He is the author of “An Offer We Can’t Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America” (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) and a contributor to many other books, websites and print publications.


Features

Tuesday, April 8 2014

Bagels and Bongos: The Klezmatics Present Havana Nagila

With their new project, the boundary-breaching klezmer band revives and extends the Jewish-Latin musical connection.


Wednesday, August 31 2011

Dances with Spiders: Italian Roots Music, With Bite, Comes to North America

The story of the pizzica revival is one of how a music associated with a healing ritual of poor, oppressed peasants was transformed into a proud assertion of cultural heritage and identity.


Tuesday, October 12 2010

Mambo Siciliano: 'Latinista' Roy Paci and His Band Bring Their Global Sound to America

If your idea of Italian music is “O Sole Mio”, opera, and the operatic pop schlock of Andrea Bocelli, you’ve never heard Roy Paci and Aretuska.You're in for a treat.


Reviews

Tuesday, January 13 2015

Pop Like an Egyptian

Cairo's youth find meaning and identity in a genre that can't get any respect.


Sunday, November 9 2014

Mavis Staples: New York - 4 November 2014

Age has slowed her a bit, but at 75, the gospel great delivers


Wednesday, October 1 2014

'Ain't it Time We Said Goodbye' Is a Reader's Digest-like Condensation of the Rolling Stones Story

Veteran Stones scribe Robert Greenfield captures a band, and its key relationship, in turmoil and on the cusp of change.


Monday, September 15 2014

Dr. John: Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

Not all the guest artists fit, and sometimes the connection to Satchmo seems tenuous indeed. But when it works, as it mostly does, the album delivers much pleasure and pleasant surprises.


Thursday, July 24 2014

Bob Marley and the Wailers: Legend (30th Anniversary Edition)

Legend presents Bob Marley at his most unthreatening, and most anodyne. And that was intentional.


Blogs

Thursday, June 5 2014

12 Essential Performances from the Piano "Professors" of New Orleans

A dozen jams from great Crescent City keyboardists, past and present, and something extra.


Tuesday, February 25 2014

John Grant's "Glacier": Moving Past the Pain (video)

The video for “Glacier” telescopes nearly a century of gay history into its 7:57 running time.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

Ipercussonici - "Quannu Moru (When I Die)" (video)

Ipercussonici, a band from Sicily, takes to the streets to honor anti-Mafia heroes


Monday, May 23 2011

Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “Tell Me”

In this final installment of the Between the Grooves series dedicated to Howlin’ Wolf’s Rocking Chair album, George de Stefano states that Wolf's music is so compelling because it seems such a direct, unmediated expression of his singular personality.


Monday, May 16 2011

Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin' Wolf - “Howlin’ for My Baby"

“Howlin’ for My Baby” is the most joyful number on Rocking Chair: Its exuberance and humor are irresistible.


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