Book Reviews klezmer community types with European examples, but this section, although valuable in providing more examples and issues in klezmer performance, lacks the clarity of the previous sections. So many issues, such as tourism, diaspora, authenticity, and diverse social networks, are at work in these examples that it is difficult for the reader to sift through. The final chapter, "Klezmer Style as Statement," seems to be a bow to musicological and ethnomusicological interests. While this chapter will be very helpful for scholars looking for an accessible guide for analyzing the sounds themselves, it may leave other scholars behind. It is with this chapter that the CD corresponds. A possible source of confusion (at least with my CD copy) is a missing track for the fifth song listed in the book. Overall, Slobin's metaphorical style and ease in writing soften the complex dialogue he creates between theoretical concerns and a diverse examination of klezmer. He has a knack for flowing in and out of specific lives and events as they relate to larger issues. This gives this book a textured yet comparative feel, a good example for how to go about doing ethnography. Note from the book review
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