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The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.


  • Ron Thompson
  • Mews Small
  • Jerry Holland
  • Lisa Jane Persky
  • Jeffrey Lippa
  • Roz Kelly
  • Frank DeKova
  • Rick Singer
  • Elsa Raven
  • Ben Frommer

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All that aside, American Pop is still worth watching. Bakshi may not have perfectly captured eight decades of American music history, but his attempt to do so is often thrilling for reasons other than ambition.

Metacritic review by Keith Phipps
Keith Phipps
The A.V. Club

American Pop is a dazzling display of talent, nerve, ideas (old and new), passion and a marvelously free sensibility. The man may well be a genius, though that sort of pronouncement will have to wait on time.

Metacritic review by Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
The New York Times