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A compendium of articles, reviews, interviews, columns, and assorted other published and unpublished writings of local, regional and national interest by music and cultural critic/reporter Seth Rogovoy.

Since 1988, Seth Rogovoy has been observing the local, regional, national and international pop culture scene in print from his home base at the Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, as that Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper’s intelligent and discerning popular music critic and columnist. In addition to music, Seth also directs his acute critical eye toward the arts, books, politics, movies, food, the media, and cultural trends for the Eagle and other publications.

In addition to the Berkshire Eagle, Seth’s work has appeared in Newsday, the Boston Phoenix, Sing Out! Magazine, Moment Magazine, Leak CD Magazine, The Forward, Pakn Treger, the Woodstock (N.Y.) Times, the Bennington (Vt.) Banner, Berkshire Magazine, the Providence (R.I.) Phoenix, the Worcester (Mass.) Phoenix, the Williams Alumni Review, the Williamstown Advocate and other publications.

Seth’s commentary has been aired on public radio station WAMC in Albany, N.Y., and on Live-105 in Pittsfield, Mass. A native of New York City and a 1982 graduate of Williams College, he lives in Williamstown, Mass., with his wife and their two children. A freelance writer, his main occupation is "househusband."

The Essential Klezmer Seth Rogovoy has finished writing a book on klezmer, the contemporary klezmer revival, and new Jewish music, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill click here to order.



  • The Beat: A weekly look at the pop-music and cultural scene on the local, regional and national level, with a strong Berkshire point of view. Includes interviews and reviews of local and national touring artists. Look here for recommendations for what to see in the upcoming week.

  • Berkshires & Beyond: Concert Calendar: Just what it says. The most comprehensive guide to live music performances in the Berkshires and the greater region, from Saratoga and Albany to Northampton, Hartford and Worcester. Includes the guy playing guitar or the cover band at the smallest local dives to the mega-bands playing the largest arenas and stadiums. Also features venue information, band contact numbers and shows specially recommended by Seth Rogovoy.

  • Viewer Reactions: Read what other visitors to this site have to say about Seth Rogovoy's reviews. Write some yourself!

  • Concert Reviews: Hundreds of reviews of rock, folk, jazz, world-music and other performances at Tanglewood, the National Music Center, the Studio and other venues in and around the Berkshires, western Massachusetts and eastern New York. Artists reviewed include Bob Dylan, Sonny Rollins, Elton John, Sheryl Crow, the Wallflowers, Beck, Ben Folds Five, Bonnie Raitt, Black 47, The Band and more. Check back for weekly updates.

  • Interviews/Features: Dozens of profiles of top figures in rock, folk, jazz and other creative fields, including Ray Davies, Betty Carter, Kenny Rogers, Suzanne Vega, Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Tony Bennett, Los Lobos, and Billy Joel. Check back for weekly updates.

  • CD SPINS - Reviews: Short reviews of hundreds of rock, pop, folk, jazz and world-music CDs released in the last few years. Indexed alphabetically.

  • Other (Magazine reviews, op-eds, assorted stuff): A potpourri of articles, essays and columns by Seth Rogovoy, including monthly magazine reviews, essays on parenting, book reviews, long features on the Music Inn and The Band, and Seth's all-time list of the Best of Everything.

  • KLEZMER: Seth Rogovoy writes extensively about Klezmer and new Jewish music for a variety of national publications. Look here for feature articles, interviews and reviews of such notable performers as the Klezmatics, Andy Statman, Brave Old World, Itzhak Perlman, Wolf Krakowski, the Klezmer Conservatory Band and others. Here you will also find playlists for Seth’s radio program, "The Klezmer Hour." Remember to tune into "The Klezmer Hour" on Mondays from 9-10pm Eastern US Time at http://wso.williams.edu/orgs/WCFM/realaudio.html . And look for Seth’s book on klezmer and new Jewish music, The Essential Klezmer published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

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