Jews Dreaming of Acceptance: From the Brill Building to Suburbia with Love

  title={Jews Dreaming of Acceptance: From the Brill Building to Suburbia with Love},
  author={Jon Stratton},
  journal={Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies},
  pages={102 - 127}
  • J. Stratton
  • Published 9 May 2009
  • History
  • Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
The Brill Building sound refers to the music produced in the late 1950s and early 1960s by composers of popular music associated with 1619 and 1650 Broadway. The vast majority of these writers were Jewish. I argue that the romance in the lyrics of these songs can be understood in terms of the whitening and suburbanization of American Jews—that these songs of love express a Jewish utopian fantasy. As Jews, and whites, became disillusioned with suburban life, so the Brill Building sound lost its… 
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