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The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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Steven Lee Beeber's The Heebie Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk challenges that notion by showing us that punk began in New York -- and was heavily influenced and shaped by a variety of Jews from a variety of backgrounds. Beginning with the cutting-edge comedy of Lenny Bruce and the musical innovations that were Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Beeber shows us how the music evolved. It is clear that without the involvement of Jews, there would have been no punk movement.
Chapter by chapter, Beeber traces the bands and the people, focusing on the Jewish players who coalesced around the Jewish-owned punk mecca, CBGB. This is dense reading, best taken slowly so that all of the facts and details -- not to mention the personalities -- can sink in.
One theme that Beeber refers to often is the link between the Holocaust and punk. His claims make perfect sense: the emotions invested in the children of survivors provided the fuel for punk's trademark anger. Yes, there is anger that so many people were eradicated, but one of the more surprising revelations is that some of the anger comes from and is fueled by the fact that the Jews allowed themselves to be victims. At the same time, though, there is an awareness that the word allowed is inaccurate. That anyone, faced with such a circumstance, would have done exactly the same thing.Read more ›
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A great history of the punk music evolution. It is interesting to note WHO these people really were and who inspired them.Published 18 days ago by Daniel mills
This is great! Once you have read this you might want to read "How to be Heebie Jeebie Free." It will make that scary fear vanish.Published 7 months ago by Karen Porter
I've bought four copies of this book (so far) for friends, punks, and Jewish punks, and everyone has loved this book as much as I have. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jane R. LaForge
Amazing account of the genesis of "punk". Not sure the author "proves" his hypothesis of punk as partly an expression of the post-holocaust generation, but the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by E. Siegel
Jews invented all of popular music.
don't like it? tough
don't agree? tough
Read the book and get back to me.