Five Firsts: Seth Rogovoy of the Grove Street Band

May 19th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
Seth Rogovoy

Seth Rogovoy

NAME: Seth Rogovoy
BAND AFFILIATION: Seth Rogovoy and the Grove Street Band
INSTRUMENT: singer/guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Planet Waves,” Bob Dylan. I was with my dad in a record store in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – accompanying him there on a business trip – and I was going to buy Seals and Crofts’s “Unborn Child,” but it turned out my mom had already bought that for me, so I opted for the Dylan, which had just come out. Hah! Goodbye, Seals and Crofts; hello, Bob Dylan.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, CW Post Auditorium, Long Island, NY, fall 1975


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Writing Seminars for Artists

January 7th, 2010, 10:19 am by Sara

Tearing your hair out over writing your artist statement?

The Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the latest round of workshops from its on-going Tricks of the Trade series, a set of classes entitled “Writing: How do artists write about their work?”

These interactive sessions will be led by writer/editor Seth Rogovoy and artist Meryl Joseph. Facilitated by Kidspace Director and MCLA Professor Laura Thompson, the seminars will examine artist statements to understand what connects an audience most to the artwork. Attendees will then use these techniques to write their own statements.

All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Class locations are:

  • Tuesday, January 12th, 6:30 p.m.: MAYA III, North Adams
  • Wednesday, January 13th, 6:30 p.m.: Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield
  • Thursday, January 14th, 6:30 p.m.: IS183 Art School, Stockbridge

The workshops are free, but pre-registration is required; call 413-663-5253 to register.

(Editor’s Tip: If you’re too lazy to attend the workshop, or you just enjoy baffling folks,
you can try using the fill-in-the-blanks Market-o-Matic to write your artist statement.)

On the Road with Seth Rogovoy and His New Book, “Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet”

December 2nd, 2009, 4:50 pm by Greg

DylanRogovoyYears in the making, Seth Rogovoy‘s new book, “Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet,” has just been published by Scribner, and the author is making the rounds of independent bookstores, cultural venues and radio stations to read, sign and discuss his new book.

He’ll be making his first stop at Water Street Books in Williamstown, Mass. at 6pm on Thursday (December 3).

Other Mass. in-store appearances include the Bookloft in Great Barrington at 7pm on Friday (December 4), the Bookstore in Lenox at 5pm Tuesday, December 8 and Chapters Bookstore in Pittsfield at 6pm on Tuesday, December 15.

You can hear Rogovoy discuss his new book on WAMC-FM‘s “The Roundtable” at 10am on Friday, December 11. And he will offer a free multi-media performance in conjunction with the book at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington at 3pm on Saturday, December 12.

In “Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet,” Rogovoy explores the many and varied strands of Judaism that are woven throughout the life and work of Dylan.

Seth Rogovoy is an award-winning critic, teacher, musician, and public-radio commentator. He is the author of “The Essential Klezmer” and editor of Berkshire Living Magazine.

Look for a review of the book coming soon here at

The Laramie Project: Epilogue of an Epilogue

October 15th, 2009, 9:15 am by Sara


Over at Berkshire Living, Seth Rogovoy has been chronicling his participation in Barrington Stage Company’s presentation of The Laramie Project and he’s just posted the final chapter of this behind-the-scenes diary. It’s moving and insightful.

My Life in the Theatre: The Laramie Project Diaries: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Final Chapter

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