Music

I’m a huge fan. I even got to the end of his novel, and it’s officially unreadable

By Martin Bright, August 8, 2013

Bob Dylan provided the soundtrack to my adolescence.

Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed — the great triumvirate of misery brought angst-ridden enlightenment to that bedroom in a cul-de-sac on a new-build housing estate in a West Country dormitory town.

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Hitmaker who became kung fu queen is not so rock ’n’ roll

By Paul Lester, August 8, 2013

Lynsey de Paul was the Adele of her day — a small, mousey blonde, Jewish version of Adele. For several years in the 1970s, she was everywhere, with that facial beauty spot and that inimitable breathy voice cooing songs that she wrote, performed on piano and produced. Not for nothing was she heralded at the time as the British Carole King — and, subsequently, as the precursor to Kate Bush.

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Art by Bob Dylan to be shown in London for the first time

By Anna Sheinman, August 5, 2013

Artworks by Bob Dylan are to be shown by a gallery in Britain for the first time, it was announced this week.

Twelve new pastel portraits drawn by the rock legend will be displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London in an exhibition called Bob Dylan: Face First.

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Tom Jones to play in Israel

By Hannah Pupkewitz, July 29, 2013

Pop icon Tom Jones has announced that he will be performing in Israel this autumn.

The 73 - year - old Welsh singer is due to appear at the Nokia Stadium in Tel Aviv on October 26 in a one-off concert.

Meanwhile Eric Burdon, former lead singer of 60s rock band The Animals, has reversed his decision to cancel a gig in Israel.

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Barenboim defends performing Wagner at the Proms

By Ellis Bolle, July 16, 2013

The renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim has defended his decision to perform music by Wagner, the German composer known for his anti semitic views, at this year’s Proms

The Argentine-Israeli musician will conduct the entire Ring cycle at the Royal Albert Hall this summer, despite acknowledging that “Wagner's antisemitism is abhorrent, beyond anything that is acceptable" .

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The stars are out for Hawthorne

By Paul Lester, July 15, 2013

Mayer hawthorne
Where Does This Door Go? (Island)
Four stars

Youngblood hawke
Wake Up (Universal Republic)
Three stars

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How Sir Cliff Richard held court in Israel

By Shira Rubin, July 11, 2013

A tennis ball whizzed past Sir Cliff Richard so fast the crowd could almost hear it.

Rather than disappointment at missing the ball, however, a look of happy surprise spread across his face.

For this was a special opponent — a 12-year-old tennis champion at Nazareth’s YMCA — and these games carried a special mission: to promote co-existence between Jews and Arabs.

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Bacharach so pleased to be on song in Israel after 53-year gap

By Gil Karpas, July 5, 2013

Still touring at 85, Burt Bacharach completes a run of British concerts at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, having played in Israel on Tuesday to adoring fans at the Shuni Ampitheatre in Binyamina.

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Leonard Cohen moves concert after Jewish Chronicle story

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2013

Could it be that Leonard Cohen is planning to mark the high holy days in the traditional manner this year?

To the delight of his Jewish fans, and in a decision that would no doubt have pleased his talmudic scholar grandfather, the Canadian star has changed the date of his upcoming London concert so that it no longer clashes with Yom Kippur.

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Leonard Cohen fans upset over Yom Kippur O2 gig

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2013

Hallelujah may be Leonard Cohen’s most famous song but it hardly describes the current mood of the legendary Canadian singer’s Jewish fans.

They are down in the dumps over news that the Jewish-born star’s concert in London has been scheduled for September 14 — the day of Yom Kippur.

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