"David Bonner's fascinating look at the nostalgic world of Young People's Records takes the reader far beyond memory lane and into the political and philosophical worlds of those who planned them, wrote them, and performed on them. The complicated history of a host of record labels that sprung from those children's discs, which Mr. Bonner recounts, adds to the tremendous value of his book. Anyone who grew up with these priceless records must read what's on these pages."—Peter Bay, Conductor, Austin Symphony Orchestra

"I grew up with Young People's Records. 'The Funniest Song In The World' featuring Groucho Marx and 'By Rocket To The Moon' with Raymond Scott helped mold the mind of the boy who became Dr. Demento. Here's the whole story of how those and hundreds of other YPR favorites were created by some of the most progressive thinkers and artists of their times, how they became a target for those in the McCarthy era and later those who sought to repress and confine the minds of young Americans, and how their spirit of joy in knowledge perseveres."—Dr Demento, Syndicated Radio Personality


Friday, February 13, 2009

Jewish Spectator

The Jewish Spectator, a newspaper founded and edited by a progressive woman named Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, commented in 1947 that "The success of such a venture as the Young People's Record Club leads one to believe that there is a very large field for Jewish children's discs." What did she mean by "Jewish children's discs"? The content of YPR discs is not Jewish. The owner, managers, and many of the performers were, but there was nothing unusual about that. I wonder if the Spectator comment was just an isolated view, or if it generalized.

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