Interview with Dr. Sholem Stein  

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"Mr. SHOLEM STEIN": The Mishnah? Are you familiar with the Mishnah?
Mr. JACOBS: Well, it's...
"Mr. STEIN": The Mishnah, one of the seven books of Moses, you know.
Mr. JACOBS: Yes. Yeah.
"Mr. STEIN": Yes, it's the third book. There's a similar thing that doesn't refer to bananas, of course. Bananas were unknown in Jerusalem in the Old Testament times, you know, bananas. Plantains...

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"Interview with Dr. Sholem Stein" (1955) is a faux interview of Sholem Stein recorded by Henry Jacobs and Woodrow Leafer in which they ridiculed music scholarship.

In this skit, "Dr. Sholem Stein," is a pretentious Hebraist who makes obscure references to psychoanalytics ("music is related to the psyche").

The recording was featured on the seven inch 2 Interviews Of Our Time (1955) and later on on the albums Radio Programme No 1 Audio Collage: Henry Jacobs’ Music and Folklore (1955) and Interviews of Our Times (1958).

The recording was referenced by Daniel J. Crowley "Toward a Definition of Calypso (Part I)" (May 1959, Ethnomusicology, Vol. 3, No. 2 (May, 1959), pp. 57-66) ("Fantasy EP 4051 The Origin of Calypso and Its Relationship to the Hebraic Mishnah".

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