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Rock ’n’ Roll
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Rock ’n’ roll originated in African-American rhythm ‘n’ blues music. Around the mid-20th century it became its own genre dominated by white musicians, which soon spread across the world. In the United States, it was shaped by Jewish musicians from its beginnings, with the songwriter and producer team Leiber & Stoller standing out as especially influential.

As in other genres of the music business, Jews were mainly active in the rock ’n’ roll business behind the scenes. They worked in production and sales and as songwriters, managers, promoters, and…

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Pollack, Jonathan Z.S., “Rock ’n’ Roll”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0751>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20221116

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