Stereophonic has been developed as a work of passion by an eclectic team of music industry tastemakers who met at a Reboot Summit. Courtney Holt (formerly at Interscope, now Executive Vice President at MTV), David Katznelson (music industry veteran, former Vice President of A&R at Warner Bros., now the head of an independent label group, the Birdman Recording Group ), and Josh Kun (author, New York Times contributor, and associate professor in the Annenberg School of Communications at U.S.C.) , along with Roger Bennett (co-founder of Reboot) have since traveled across the country to chase down rare tunes and the stories of the musicians who made them—from New York to Los Angeles, from Puerto Rico to the Catskills.
When the Stereophonic crew sat down for the first time, they discovered that the Rebooting audiophiles beside them not only shared a passion for amazing lost vinyl, but actually possessed some of the forgotten records themselves. Early on in the development of Reboot Stereophonic, it became clear that the task at hand went far beyond music preservation. It was the preservation of history. Stereophonic has become like a Smithsonian for lost Jewish audio, but without the stuffiness. It is a valuable and modern tool for conversation about Jewish identity, but also, this is music you might actually want to throw on at a party, music that will make you laugh, will make you think—stuff you have probably never heard before and definitely will not find on any Jewish music compilation your Hebrew School teacher gave you to get in touch with your roots.
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