Black Sabbath

  • Year: 2010
  • Location: Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Collaborators: Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation, Johnny Mathis

Co-curator. CD anthology and museum exhibition. Liner note essays by Josh Kun and Hilton Als.

Black Sabbath is the first compilation ever to showcase legendary African-American artists covering Jewish songs. Focusing on the 1930s through the 1960s, it uses popular music to shed light on the historical, political, spiritual, economic, and cultural connections between African-Americans and Jewish-Americans. Featuring Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, and many others, Black Sabbath explores the myriad ways that Jews and African-Americans have coalesced and clashed, struggled against each other and struggled alongside each other. This is the soundtrack to a rarely told American story.