Music

Mapping out musical on street guide

By John Nathan, February 17, 2014

I walk into a Soho room where a new sweet-sounding musical about Phyllis Pearsall, who wrote the A-Z — the London street guide, not the alphabet — is being rehearsed. But then somebody says “filthy Jew”. Now I’m thinking maybe this musical is not so sweet.

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One love? Plan to promote Arab clubs to Israelis

By Nathan Jeffay, February 7, 2014

Israelis could soon be asked to forget politics and head to “Palestine” to party.

According to a report on Israel Radio, the Palestinian Authority is considering hiring Israeli advertising gurus to encourage Israelis to chill out in Ramallah.

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Roger Waters attacks Scarlett Johansson over quitting Oxfam

By Rosa Doherty, February 5, 2014

Roger Waters has written an open letter to Scarlett Johansson accusing her of "undeniably not paying attention" to Palestinian rights.

The former Pink Floyd singer criticised the actress over her decision to promote Israeli company SodaStream instead of continuing her work with the charity Oxfam.

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Haim and Drake nominated for Brit Awards

By Sandy Rashty and Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2014

A host of Jewish music stars are in the running for this year’s Brit awards.

Nominees announced on Thursday include Canadian rapper Drake and leading all-girl band Haim.

Drake, who has regularly spoken of his Jewish roots, was nominated for International male solo artist.

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How music saved the Isserlis family

By Steven Isserlis, January 9, 2014

My late father, George Isserlis, was born into war. Making his entry into this world in 1917 in Odessa was perhaps not the best-judged timing; but he was a survivor, dying only a few weeks short of his 95th birthday.

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JC Video Diary: Getting in the groove at Limmud 2013

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

The JC team's video highlights from an action-packed and music-filled Limmud 2013.

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Fury as Pink Floyd's Roger Waters likens Israel to Nazi Germany

By Daniel Easterman, December 12, 2013

Rock musician Roger Waters has compared Israel’s policies towards Palestinians to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

In an interview with the left-wing American online magazine, Counterpunch, the former Pink Floyd front-man said: “The parallels with what went on in the ’30s in Germany are so crushingly obvious”.

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The holy hippy who got Arabs and Jews dancing

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, December 11, 2013

One of the most intriguing rabbinic characters of modern times was Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach; the charismatic outreach pioneer, storyteller, musician and hippy. His colourful career is the subject of a new biography by Natan Ophir.

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Amy Winehouse’s heartache revealed in Valentine’s card

By Rosa Doherty, December 5, 2013

Amy Winehouse’s devotion to her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, has been revealed in previously unseen love letters that are being put up for auction.

In one, a Valentine’s Card sent to Fielder-Civil while he was in prison after a conviction for assault, the singer writes he is “an ache in my guts. I belong to you. I always have”.

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Saul Milton is keen to remain in the background as Chase and Status hit the big time

By Paul Lester, December 5, 2013

Chase and Status are the most successful electronic music duo in Britain, having assumed that mantle from The Chemical Brothers. Their albums and singles regularly reach the higher echelons of the charts, they have remixed the great and good of UK dance from Plan B to Tinie Tempah and they are the British collaborators of choice for international music royalty including Rihanna and Jay-Z.

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