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James Blake performs in Israel despite boycott campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, January 30, 2012

British musician James Blake performed in Tel Aviv this weekend despite a concerted effort by anti-Israel campaigners for him to cancel the show.

Mr Blake, a runner-up in BBC's Sound of 2011 poll and a nominee for last year's Mercury Music Prize, was the latest target of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

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'Nazi' song was not Mungo Jerry built

By James Brewster, January 26, 2012

The frontman for the 1970s rock group Mungo Jerry has denied any links to a venomous "campaign of harassment" against his former manager whose company he is suing for alleged unpaid royalties.

Ray Dorset, lead singer for the band whose classic hit was In the Summertime, is in bitter conflict with his one-time friend and manager, Eliot Cohen, over claims of "under-accounting".

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Amy Winehouse posthumous album on the way

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2011

Unreleased songs by Amy Winehouse will form part of a memorial album to be released this winter.

Island Records said the posthumous collection would feature 12 tracks, including Body & Soul, the song she recorded with Tony Bennett just weeks before she died last summer.

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Paul McCartney marries Nancy Shevell

By Jennifer Lipman, October 10, 2011

Sir Paul McCartney has married Jewish New Yorker Nancy Shevell.

The couple, who have been together for four years, tied the knot at Marylebone register office on Sunday in the presence of 30 friends, including Ringo Starr and Sir Paul's designer daughter, Stella McCartney, who made the bride's dress.

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Minnelli's late show for Holocaust Centre

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

A late-running programme at Sunday's fundraiser for the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire meant that star attraction Liza Minnelli did not take the stage until 11.45pm.

But the 400 audience members at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in central London were rewarded with a bravura show at what organisers said was the smallest venue the 65-year-old star had played.

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Living American dream

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 22, 2011
The mother of a Manchester boy with a serious immune deficiency has praised Camp Simcha for giving him the opportunity of a lifetime.

Eight-year-old Alexander Cohen appeared in a music video and toured the New York sights after taking part in the charity's trip to the Catskills.

Alexander was accompanied by Manchester Camp Simcha volunteers Aharon Howich and Ruby Abenson, who supervise

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The fifth Beatle

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 22, 2011

A film about the Jewish, gay and drug-addicted manager of the world's most famous music band is to be made in Liverpool.

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Jews removed from iTunes gospel and Christian section

By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2011

The iTunes online store has responded to criticisms that Jewish songs were being listed as "Christian and Gospel" by changing the categorisation of the music in question.

The change followed a Jerusalem Post report on Sunday which complained that Apple's music player did not have a genre for Jewish and Yiddish music.

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Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett: Body & Soul

By Jennifer Lipman, September 9, 2011

In this previously unseen video, Amy Winehouse discusses singing Body & Soul with Tony Bennett. A duet recorded before the star died in July will be released later this month in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

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Jewish punk rockers The Groggers: Upper West Side Story

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011
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New York based Jewish punk band The Groggers have just released their debut album "There's No 'I' in Cherem".

If religion and rock doesn't sound like a natural combination, take a look at their video - it might change your mind.

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