'Spinning Gold' movie departs from Hollywood stereotypes about Jewish music producers


April 14, 2023

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Neil Bogart is shown with The Isley Brothers in June 1969.

(JTA) - In the hit show "The Sopranos," veteran actor Jerry Adler plays mob-adjacent Jewish businessman Hesh Rabkin, who made a fortune in the music business decades earlier. In a first season episode, Hesh is confronted by a rapper seeking "reparations" for a late Black musician who he says Rabkin didn't pay fairly for a hit record.

When Hesh responds by bragging that he wrote the hit songs he worked on back in the day, Tony Soprano corrects him: "A couple of Black kids wrote that record, you gave yourself co-writing credit because you owned the label."

The greedy Jewish music mogul has been...

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