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The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk

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Based in part on the recent interviews with more than 125 people—among them Tommy Ramone, Chris Stein (Blondie), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Hilly Kristal (CBGBs owner), and John Zorn—this book focuses on punks beginnings in New York City to show that punk was the most Jewish of rock movements, in both makeup and attitude. As it originated in Manhattans Lower East Side in the early 1970s, punk rock was the apotheosis of a Jewish cultural tradition that found its ultimate expression in the generation born after the Holocaust. Beginning with Lenny Bruce, “the patron saint of punk,” and following pre-punk progenitors such as Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman, Suicide, and the Dictators, this fascinating mixture of biography, cultural studies, and musical analysis delves into the lives of these and other Jewish punks—including Richard Hell and Joey Ramone—to create a fascinating historical overview of the scene. Reflecting the irony, romanticism, and, above all, the humor of the Jewish experience, this tale of changing Jewish identity in America reveals the conscious and unconscious forces that drove New York Jewish rockers to reinvent themselves—and popular music.

About the Author

Steven Lee Beebers writing has appeared in Bridge, Conduit, Fiction, Heeb, Maxim, MOJO, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Playboy.com, Rain Taxi, Spin and elsewhere. He is the editor of Awake: A Reader for the Sleepless.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556527616
Author:
Beeber, Steven Lee
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Subject:
SOC049000
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Punk
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Music
Subject:
CBGB OMFUG (Nightclub)
Subject:
Punk rock music - New York (State) -
Subject:
MUSIC / Punk
Subject:
Punk
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.6 in 0.87 lb

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