Return to CBGB w/Loud Fast Jews!


That’s funny, you don’t
look like a punk!


By Blurt Staff


When: Thursday,
June 11th – 7pm
Where: The YIVO Institute for Jewish
Research (15 West 16th St, NYC)
Who: Tommy Ramone, Handsome Dick
Manitoba, Lenny Kaye, and Chris Stein
What: A discussion on the glorious heyday
of New York punk and the impact their Jewish experience had on their music
Cost: $18 for the general public,
$12 for students

New York City is universally acknowledged and rightly revered as the cradle of
punk rock civilization. But it is safe to say that few are aware that many of
punk’s progenitors were Jewish – kids from the outer boroughs and far beyond
who settled in Manhattan’s East Village
and forged a new world of sound, fury and humor at CBGB’s and other downtown bars and clubs.

Much like their American and European Jewish forebears, these pioneer punks
both reflected and redefined the culture of their day heritage to create a
dynamic new art form. In the process, they birthed an aesthetic that continues
to influence not only music but the visual arts, literature, fashion and

In this forum, four Jewish punk rock fathers – Ramones founder and original drummer Tommy Ramone (born Tamas
Erdelyi), Dictators singer and radio
personality Handsome Dick Manitoba (Richard Blum), Patti Smith guitarist and journalist Lenny
Kaye, and Blondie co-founder and guitarist Chris Stein – will convene at
the YIVO Institute for
Jewish Research
(15 W. 16th St in NYC) on Thursday, June 11th, to
discuss the glorious heyday of New York punk, the arc of their individual
careers, and the impact their Jewish experience has had on their music.

* Curated by Guitar World Magazine
editor Richard Bienstock, this event is open to the public. All panelists,
including Bienstock and YIVO’s Harold Steinblatt are available for interviews.

To purchase tickets, visit: or call 212-868-4444

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