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  • Peter Himmelman’s new music video takes on Israel-Gaza conflict

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 days ago

    In Peter Himmelman’s  new music video of his song “Maximum Restraint,” the folk-rocker combines searing images of the conflict in Gaza with lyrics staunchly supporting Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas terrorism.

    The angry, even sarcastic song has come as something of...

  • Bob Dylan ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ lyrics etch $2M at auction

    June 24, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    Bob Dylan’s handwritten manuscript for “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for just over $2 million on Tuesday at Sotheby’s rock and roll auction, which also included memorabilia from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley.

    The price for the annotated lyrics for “Like a...

  • International success, music, extreme sport, a fallen star and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 2, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Music icon Arik Einstein dies at 74

    Fallen star. Arik Einstein, one of the greatest musicians of Israel’s history, died Tuesday night at the age of 74 at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, hours after he suffered a fatal hemorrhage.
    Einstein, who was often referred to as “the...

  • The price for Bob Dylan going electric

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 25, 2013 | 5:01 pm

    The guitar stood on a stand in a small conference room in corporate offices in Beverly Hills. A black Fender Stratocaster with a white body plate, a few nicks to its side, it looked simple, basic, uncomplicated.

    Yet the story that brings this particular musical instrument to...

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  • Bob Dylan music video is latest coup for Israeli digital ad whiz Vania Heymann

    November 20, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    The first official music video for Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” is making the rounds on the internet. And Dylan’s endorsement is only half the reason why.

    The video, produced by media start-up Interlude, includes a novel interactive channel-tuning button, each channel...

  • Proud to be a boomer

    By Pat Sierchio

    July 19, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Being a baby boomer is more than a statistic, it’s a state of mind. Boomers rock and everyone knows it. And by everyone I mean the baby boomers. We baby boomers tend to have a high opinion of ourselves, and there is plenty of evidence that supports that notion.

    We are the...

  • Martini Judaism: for those who want to be shaken and stirred

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    June 25, 2013 | 4:46 pm

    “It’s Only Rock And Roll…
     
    …but I like it.”  Those were the immortal words of the Rolling Stones.

    And I do. I do like rock and roll, especially when its practitioners like Israel -- or, at the very least, are benignly neutral towards it.

    Unfortunately, it would seem that...

  • Revelations and Revolutions: Thinking about Shavuot

    By Aryeh Cohen

    May 13, 2013 | 8:40 am

    Last year good friends visiting from Israel brought as a gift a CD by Gal Ziv, which put to music some wonderful contemporary Israeli poems. One line sticks with me. It is from the poem “Ibn Gvirol, Tammuz, Future Tense” by Tal Nitzan. The poem is sung with a hauntingly beautiful...

  • Ken Elkinson: Holiday sounds of chill

    December 6, 2012 | 11:59 am

    When musician Ken Elkinson began receiving kudos for his Christmas album, he knew it was time to return to his roots. “I started feeling guilty that I was selling my people out,” Elkinson, 40, said, speaking by phone from his home in Los Angeles. While he was in esteemed company...

  • Fall Preview 2012: Calendar

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    FRI SEPT 14

    “THE BOOK OF MORMON”

    The Broadway debut of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone satirizes organized religion in lewd, crude — and musical — fashion. The story of two mismatched Mormon missionaries who are sent to Africa to proselytize pagans was deemed...

  • Obama awards medal of freedom to Albright, Dylan, Karski

    May 29, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    President Obama awarded Medals of Freedom to Jan Karski, Madeleine Albright and Bob Dylan, among other recipients.

    Obama this year awarded 13 Medals of Freedom. The ceremony took place Tuesday at the White House. Israeli President Shimon Peres will receive the medal in a separate...

  • Bob Dylan: ‘Prophet’ and Medal of Freedom recipient

    May 21, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Most rock stars are retired by 71, but not Bob Dylan. He’s touring, performing and later this spring receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S.

    President Barack Obama will present the medals to Dylan, Israeli President Shimon Peres,...

  • Obama adds Dylan, Albright to Freedom Medal recipients

    April 26, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Madeleine Albright, Bob Dylan, Shimon Peres and Jan Karski will be among 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    The list was released Thursday. President Obama had previously announced that he was set to confer the medal on Peres, the Israeli president, and Karski, the...

  • Helm, longtime drummer in The Band, dead at 71

    April 20, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    “He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk about. I still can remember the first day I met him and the last day I saw him. We go back pretty far and had been through some trials together. I’m...

  • Happy Birthday, Bob!

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 24, 2011 | 8:02 am

    That Hibbing, Minn., native who was born Robert Allen Zimmerman but has been known as Bob Dylan since he first started performing in New York’s Greenwich Village some 50 years ago — and who has lived in Los Angeles probably longer than anywhere else — turns 70 on May 24.

    Like...

  • Bill O’Reilly vs. Jon Stewart on Common controversy

    May 17, 2011 | 10:44 am

    Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart discuss rap artist and poet Common’s visit to the White House.

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Video courtesy of FoxNews.com.

  • “Mildred Pierce,” Todd Haynes and Me [VIDEO/SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 29, 2011 | 5:39 pm

    While watching Todd Haynes’ stunning adaptation of “Mildred Pierce” in a nourish mini-series for HBO, I recalled the first time I viewed a production by this brilliant (and yes, Jewish) writer-director:  Edward Albee’s, “The Zoo Story,” which Haynes directed and starred...

  • My Top 5 Inspiring Moments from the Grammys

    By Misha Henckel

    February 14, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    5. Aretha Franklin responding to the tribute she received from Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Florence Welch and Yolanda Adams. She looked good, like she is not going down but is beating the illness. Go Aretha!

    4. The Underdogs Triumph. Esperanza Spalding wins...

  • Final Day at Sundance:  The Israelis

    By Larry Mark

    January 25, 2009 | 7:35 pm

    By Larry Mark

    Park City’s Main Street is now home to a hummus and nouvelle-Israeli cuisine restaurant, which was so filled each evening during Sundance, that one was unable to get a reservation prior to 9 p.m.  It had previously been located a few miles from the town center.  Main...

  • Joan Hyler’s condition stabilizes

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 19, 2008 | 10:55 pm

    Hollywood talent manager Joan Hyler’s critical condition has stabilized, three days after she was struck by a car on the Pacific Coast Highway and nearly lost her life.

    Friends and family reporting through UCLA’s carepages have said that Hyler received numerous blood transfusions...

  • AUDIO: The Jewish Bob Dylan (June 15, 1972)

    June 24, 2008 | 10:32 pm


    Bernard Timberg analyzes the songs of Bob Dylan looking for Jewish themes and imagery. He identifies messianic longings in Quinn the Eskimo, references to Jewish burial practices in Masters of War, and finds significance in the fact that the initials of...

  • Baruch Obama music video includes Hebrew, was directed by Bob Dylan’s son Jesse

    By JewishJournal.com

    February 15, 2008 | 4:10 pm


    I love this music video (above), and its anti-video (which parodies the style to skewer McCain) but I never noticed that one of the “yes we can” lyrics was actually in Hebrew (ken, anu yecholim) sung by Israeli-born actress Maya Rubin ; and I certainly just learned that it was...

  • The genesis of early Dylan—at the Skirball

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes to Bob Dylan, I think it's fair to say that I'm a fan of long standing -- my wife still teases me about the time, shortly after we'd moved to Los Angeles, when in her car, radio on, she was surprised to hear me as a call-in contestant to KSCA's "Lyrically Speaking"...
  • Fantastical images inspire Jay and Spiegelman; JCafeLA does it again

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Fantastical Images Inspire Jay, Spiegelman

    At the threshold of commerce and art, there once existed a world where illusion, deception and transformation inhabited the fantasy realm of carnivals and circus sideshows. Noblemen would stand beside paupers to witness armless freaks and...

  • The many sides of Bob Dylan

    By George Robinson

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Bob Dylan's Jewish identity has long been a point of conflict and controversy. His short-lived conversion to born-again Christianity dismayed many, heartened a few and confused all. But at least two commentators are certain that Jewishness and Judaism inform the core of the former...
  • Times are a-changin’, Mobius tells Jewish establishment

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 13, 2007 | 11:21 pm


    One of the inspirations for my work here at JewishJournal.com was a guy I at first knew only from his blog.

    He called himself ‘Mobius,’ and founded the Jewschool blog which talked about being Jewish in the 21st century in a way I could relate to, and, arguably, started the JBlog...

  • Briefs: Clinton backs Israel attack on Syria, Abbas to Hamas: Never Again

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Clinton Backs Israel Attack on Syria

    U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) backed what she said was an Israeli attack on a Syrian nuclear target. "What we think we know is that with North Korean help, financial and technical and material, the Syrians apparently were putting...

  • Now hear this: cool Jewish music

    By George Robinson

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The second annual Jewish Music Awards were given out on Sept. 11, before a sparse but enthusiastic crowd at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.
     
    It was a big night for Pharoah's Daughter, with the band winning awards as Best Middle Eastern Blend and Best World Music Group....
  • Hebrew School Rocks Thanks to Radio Station

    By Naomi Glauberman

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Friday nights, when 13-year-old Michael Rothbart approaches Leo Baeck Temple for Shabbat services, he urges his parents to tune to 87.9 on their radio dial. He is hoping that Avram Mandell, Leo Baeck's educational director and the founding force behind the temple's very low-power...
  • Spectator - Make Room for the Jammys

    By George Robinson

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In response to the glaring absence of Jewish music from the Grammy Awards, the teen-themed JVibe has just released the results of its first "Jammys," a set of Jewish music awards sponsored by the magazine and voted on by readers on the monthly's Web site.

    Not surprisingly, the Jammy...

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