NBCC News: Mark Rotella, David Hajdu “Tenement Talk”  December 7

by Jane Ciabattari | Dec-01-2011

The Story of Italian American Song
With Mark Rotella
In conversation with David Hajdu

A Tenement Talk

Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 pm

Sadie Samuelson Levy Immigrant Heritage Center
103 Orchard Street


Please RSVP to ARosen@tenement.org
or 212.431.0233 x 212

The celebration of the "Italian decade" -- when Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, & Dean Martin won the hearts of the American public and their music became the soundtrack of postwar America -- is also a story of immigrant life.

NBCC member Mark Rotella is the author of Amore: The Story of Italian American Song and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria.  A senior editor at Publishers Weekly, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Washington Post,Village Voice, Saveur and American Heritage, among others.

David Hajdu is the music critic for The New Republic,  a professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and author of four books, three of which were finalists for the NBCC award: Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn, Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina, and Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics and Culture.

About the Critical Mass Blog

Commentary on literary criticism, publishing, writing, and all things NBCC related. It's written by independent members of the NBCC Board of Directors (see list of bloggers below).



Categories & Archives

Become a Friend of the NBCC

Upcoming Events

NBCC at AWP18: March 09th, 2018

NBCC Finalists’ Reading: March 14th, 2018

NBCC Awards Ceremony and Reception: March 15th, 2018

NBCC Awards

Award Winners for 2016

See all award winners

Find out how to submit

Read how we select

Frequently Asked Questions

Videos and Podcasts

NBCC 2016 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2015 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2015 Finalists Reading

NBCC 2014 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2013 Awards Ceremony

All videos and podcasts.