Seth Rogovoy

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is a writer, award-winning critic, book author, lecturer, teacher, musician, cultural consultant, and radio commentator. He is based on the web at The Rogovoy Report.

Seth is the former editor-in-chief of BERKSHIRE LIVING, an award-winning regional lifestyle and culture magazine that served the greater Berkshire region of western Massachusetts, southwestern Vermont, eastern New York, and northwestern Connecticut from late 2004 until late 2010. He was 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 (Algonquin Books, 2000), the all-time bestselling guide to klezmer music. Since his book was published, 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's cultural journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines including Newsday, the Boston Phoenix, Israel's Haaretz, the Woodstock (N.Y.) Times, the Bennington (Vt.) Banner, Edutopia, Gastronomica, Moment, Leak CD magazine, Audition, the Black and White City Paper of Birmingham, Ala., and others.

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. His critically acclaimed book, BOB DYLAN: Prophet, Mystic, Poet, was published by Scribner Books in late 2009.

Seth is also a singer-guitarist and leader of several bands, including the Rolling Rogovoy Revue and Seth Rogovoy and the Grove Street Band. He frequently performs at Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, Mass., and Hudson, N.Y., and at Bob Dylan tribute concerts throughout the Northeast United States and in England, where he has played the Cavern Club in Liverpool..

A graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., where he has taught courses on Dylan and klezmer, Seth lives in Great Barrington, Mass.

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.


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