Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography. Jews -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Biography. Music critics -- United States -- Biography. Journalists -- United States -- Biography. Jazz -- History and criticism. Hentoff, Nat -- Childhood and youth. Hentoff, Nat -- Homes and haunts -- Massachusetts -- Boston. Hentoff, Nat -- Biography -- Youth. Boston (Mass.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century. Boston (Mass.) -- Social life and customs.
22 cm. Also issued online. Nat Hentoff. Book
LC: PS3558.E575; Dewey: 818/.5409; B
ISBN: 039440744X; 9780394407449 LCCN: 85-45675
In his memoir, this iconoclastic writer on civil liberties, politics, and jazz, recalls what it was like growing up Jewish in Boston in the 1930s and 40s, shaped both by the ghetto and his indomitable desire for more. The reader follows him through his Roxbury neighborhood, witnessing as he organizes a successful strike at Sunday's Candies (the most coveted place of employment for Roxbury boys), gets booted out of Hebrew school (but bar mitzvahs nonetheless), and gets caught among gangs of "Irishers" beating up on "Yids." He goes on to graduate from Boston Latin School, work as an investigative reporter, and host his own radio jazz program, which leads him to Boston's hottest jazz club, the Savoy Cafe. It's here that he meets the black musicians and jazz aficionados that would become his mentors, in life as well as music. -Derived from book jacket.