Pop music

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Elvis songwriter Jerry Leiber dies in Los Angeles

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

The man who wrote the lyrics for famous hits by Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones has died at the age of 78.

Jerry Leiber and composer Mike Stoller were behind some of the most memorable songs of the 1950s and 1960s, including Presley's Jailhouse Rock and Hound Dog, both of which topped the charts.


Jewish divorce: punk rock style

By Jennifer Lipman, August 7, 2011
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"GET", a song about Jews and divorce by punk band The Groggers.


Marianne Faithfull to perform in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

The 1960s star Marianne Faithfull has announced that she is to perform a one-night-only show in Israel.

The British star, who has visited Israel a number of times before, will play in Binyamina in October, according to Ynet.

Well known for her relationship with the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, the singer is famous in her own right.


Mark Ronson plays tribute gig to genius Amy Winehouse

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Mark Ronson has played a tribute concert to Amy Winehouse a day after he attended the funeral of the 27-year-old singer.

Despite some public spats, the two Jewish stars were close and Mr Ronson produced the singer's second album Back To Black.


Kat Graham: Black and Jewish

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011
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Actress Kat Graham (star of The Vampire Diaries), who has a Jewish mother and a Liberian father, spoofs the Wiz Khalifa rap song Black and Yellow, with a hilarious version more appropriate to her roots.