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By Michael Croland

Presentation at New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Library

I had a terrific event for Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk at the New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Library last night. I assigned the task of counting to a friend who has a master’s degree in math, and he said that, including me, 54 people were present. Much of the multimedia Powerpoint presentation was […]

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Gangsta Rabbi Battles Cancer, Wonders “Has the G-d of Israel written a scorching rocker for me to play in Heaven—but not until I get there?”

I interviewed Steve “Gangsta Rabbi” Lieberman for my very first article about Jewish punk in 2005. In 2006, he was the first Jewish punk artist I saw live; I also saw him perform in 2010 and 2011. I did an interview with him for my former blog, heebnvegan, in 2010. He’s the most prolific artist in my […]

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Israel’s Useless ID Gets Explicitly Political

  Useless ID, Israel’s leading punk rock band, didn’t want to be thought of as a political band. “State of Fear,” featured on a Rock Against Bush compilation, was a political commentary and probably Useless ID’s best known song. When I interviewed guitarist Ishay Berger after Useless ID released The Lost Broken Bones in 2008, I asked about clearly political songs […]

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Interview on the Rabbi Patrick Podcast

Rabbi Patrick “Aleph” Beaulier comes up in Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk in two key ways. He was the singer of the band CAN!!CAN, and he’s the executive director of PunkTorah. Patrick was in New York this weekend, and we went to see Litvakus (described as an “acoustic Gogol Bordello”) at Klezmer Brunch. Patrick interviewed me […]

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Selfies with the Book: Part II

Last month, I blogged about how people had sent me selfies with copies of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk. The selfies keep coming! The first two selfie-takers below were apparently inspired by one particular selfie from the first blog post, in which the selfie-taker emulated the facial expression of Moshiach Oi! singer Yishai Romanoff on the […]

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Book Release Party!

The book release party for Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk took place last night at Town & Village Synagogue in Manhattan. I did a multimedia presentation and Q&A, and the “Torah hardcore” band Moshiach Oi! performed. I was thrilled with the amazing turnout, and the event was a huge success! So much of the work […]

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The Most Convenient Golem Show Yet

Last night, Golem, a klezmer-rock band with a punk edge, played a free show at Penn Plaza in Midtown Manhattan. It was an approximately 10-minute walk from my office. When I lived in Virginia, I drove to DC, Arlington, and Richmond to see Golem. This was by far the most convenient Golem show I’ve attended! I can list […]

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Asher Yatzar: Yiddish Pop-Punk

There’s a new Jewish punk band, and it’s a Yiddish pop-punk band! Asher Yatzar formed last year and got its name from the prayer said after excretion. The Chicago band played its first show in March. Click here to watch a video from an Asher Yatzar show. In the below interview, drummer/singer Dave and guitarist/singer […]

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Memoir by MDC’s Dave Dictor

I was eager to read MDC: Memoir From a Damaged Civilization by MDC singer Dave Dictor, which came out last week. I knew MDC’s song “The Jew That Got Away,” but I wasn’t sure if Dictor was Jewish or wrote the song. The chorus declared, “Now I’m Max’s grandson, and I’m back to say, here I am, […]

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Selfies with the Book!

I enjoyed receiving photos from readers when their copies of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk arrived in the mail. Some shared photos of the book via text messages and Facebook posts. In what is truly a sign of the times, some took selfies!   Yidcore singer Bram Presser poses with Louie.   This reader impressively emulates the […]

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