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Punk Rock Queen Of The Jews (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, March 22, 2024

This week I talked with author Rossi about her new memoir “The Punk Rock Queen of the Jews” published by She Writes Press to be released on April 23rd. “The Punk Rock Queen of the Jews” is filled with fabulous rich characters, hilarious dialogue & takes the reader on a ride into a secretive oppressive Jewish Orthodox world & beyond. Rossi grew up in New Jersey where she was expected to just marry a nice Jewish boy & be a good kosher Jewish girl but by the age of 16 the rebellious Rossi was more interested in exploring the punk rock scene of the 80’s & her sexuality. However her adventure seeking days came to a screeching halt when her parents abducted her & dumped her with a Hasidic rabbi known for “reforming” wayward Jewish girls in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Rossi was forced to relinquish her pink hair & Sex Pistols T-shirt for maxi skirts & long-sleeved blouses in this repressive, misogynistic culture straight out of the nineteenth century where she endured not only bone-crushing boredom but also outright abuse & violence. Fortunately Rossi always knew there was a better life for her, broke free from her oppressors & made her way to NYC where she thrived. Starting out as a bartender the opportunity arose in the catering industry as she talked her way into any cooking job she could get. Rossi a self-taught chef & self-made entrepreneur ended up launching The Raging Skillet one of the most sought-after catering companies in NYC that Zagat dubbed as “the wildest thing this side of the Mason-Dixon Line”. I talked to Rossi about her inspiration for writing “The Punk Rock Queen of the Jews” & her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN    

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