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Jon Sobel

Jon Sobel is a Publisher and Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases.

Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at http://www.orenhope.com/ you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires.

Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at http://parkodyssey.blogspot.com/ where he visits every park in New York City. And by night he’s a part-time working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Book Review: ‘The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn’ by Robert P. Watson

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Severely underfed, beaten, deprived of food and water as punishment for infractions big and small, and afflicted with rampaging fevers, thousands of prisoners died on British prison ships off Brooklyn during the Revolutionary War. Robert P. Watson draws on the accounts of survivors to paint a lurid picture of this hellish but little-known aspect of the war.

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Concert Review: Gerard Schwarz Conducts the Juilliard Orchestra with Violist Jordan Bak (NYC, Oct 26 2017)

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Jordan Bak, a marvelous young violist, helped remind us that 20th-century American composers kept audiences in mind even as they created original, boundary-breaking concert music.

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Music Review: Various Artists – ‘Jesus Rocked the Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel 1951-1965’

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Concord Music assembled this blast of classic gospel from the 1950s and '60s expressly to show the direct and multifaceted influence of gospel music on secular soul and rock 'n' roll. In addition to its historical and musicological interest, it's pure enjoyment any old way (but if you have a record player, get the 3-LP vinyl edition.)

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Book Review: ‘The Writing on the Wall: Rediscovering New York City’s “Ghost Signs”‘ by Ben Passikoff

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Faded painted signs from times past linger on the sides of Manhattan's buildings, advertising everything from theaters to hosiery, meat markets to hotels, stables to department stores. Ben Passikoff's big, crisp photos of these relics preserve a vanishing history of industry in New York.

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Music Reviews: Brian Lisik and the Unfortunates – ‘We’re Sorry…’ and Thor Platter – ‘Take Time’

Straight-ahead but rough-edged and with quirky lyrics, Lisik's songs are self-aware with a sometimes tongue-in-cheek attitude but nonetheless soaked in real feeling.

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