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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, March 10 2015

1965: 12 Months That Shook the World

1965 places that year's astonishing surge of innovative pop music in a larger context of social, cultural, and political change.


Tuesday, February 17 2015

Steve Earle and the Dukes: Terraplane

Terraplane pays homage to the Texas blues, with mixed results.


Monday, February 9 2015

Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn

Everything works on Tomorrow Is My Turn, an album that heralds the arrival of a major American artist.


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


Blogs

Friday, March 13 2015

Levante Rising: From Barista to International Pop Star

The Italian singer-songwriter captured the national mood in her breakout single. With a new album and US tour dates, she's about to go international.


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.


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