Download E-books Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity—Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand (American Jewish History, Culture, and Life) PDF

By David E. Kaufman

A full of life examine 4 significant Jewish celebrities of early Sixties the US, who jointly made their mark on either American tradition and Jewish identity.

Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand first got here to public consciousness within the early Nineteen Sixties, a interval Kaufman identifies as traditionally ripe for American Jews to reexamine their (Jewish) identities. All 4 completed notable luck of their respective fields and have become celebrities inside of an American context, whereas while they have been basically identifiable as Jews—although they have been looked as if it would be Jewish in very diverse ways.

Kaufman investigates those celebrities’ upward push to repute, the categorical model of Jewishness each represented, and the way their enthusiasts and the general public at huge perceived their ethnic identification as Jews. Situating Koufax, Bruce, Dylan, and Streisand in the higher historical past of yank Jewish superstar, Kaufman argues that the 4 early Sixties figures symbolize a turning element among famous person Jews of the past—such as Hank Greenberg, Groucho Marx, Irving Berlin, and Fanny Brice—and these of the current, equivalent to Jon Stewart, Matisyahu, and Natalie Portman. offering an access into Jewish big name experiences, this full of life narrative explores the intersection among well known megastar and Jewish id and thereby examines the cultural building of Jewishness within the latter half the 20th century.

Show description

Read Online or Download Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity—Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand (American Jewish History, Culture, and Life) PDF

Best Popular Culture books

Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation in the Arts over Two Millennia

The publication of Revelation has been a resource of continuous fascination for almost thousand years. ideas similar to the Lamb of God, the 4 Horsemen, the 7th Seal, the Beasts and Antichrist, the Whore of Babylon, Armageddon, the Millennium, the final Judgement, the hot Jerusalem, and the ever-present angels of the Apocalypse have captured the preferred mind's eye.

Beyond Bruce Lee: Chasing the Dragon Through Film, Philosophy, and Popular Culture

In an effort to comprehend Bruce Lee, we needs to glance past Bruce Lee to the artist's complex cultural and historic contexts. This paintings starts by means of contextualising Lee, interpreting his motion pictures and martial arts paintings, and his altering cultural prestige inside of various occasions and locations. The textual content examines Bruce Lee's movies and philosophy on the subject of the preferred tradition and cultural politics of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, and it addresses the resurgence of his recognition in Hong Kong and China within the twenty-first century.

Female Action Heroes: A Guide to Women in Comics, Video Games, Film, and Television

This ebook deals 25 profiles of a few of the most well-liked woman motion heroes during the heritage of movie, tv, comedian books, and games. • includes 25 profiles, prepared alphabetically• 70 sidebars supply more information on pertinent themes, contributors, and logos• contains a chronology of significant appearances of the 25 woman motion heroes in movie, tv, comedian books, and games, in addition to women's type tendencies and significant occasions in women's historical past• deals a photo of every featured, woman motion hero• provides a word list of 39 phrases, together with girl archetypes like "femme fatale" and social hobbies like "third-wave feminism" • offers a particular bibliography of books and websites concerning the themes of girl motion heroes, women's heritage, and media stories

Andy Warhol, Prince of Pop

“IN the long run each person might be global recognized for quarter-hour. ”The Campbell’s Soup Cans. The Marilyns. the electrical Chairs. The vegetation. The paintings created via Andy Warhol increased daily pictures to paintings, making sure Warhol a popularity that has some distance outlasted the quarter-hour he estimated for everybody else. His very identify is synonymous with the Nineteen Sixties American paintings circulate referred to as Pop.

Additional info for Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity—Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand (American Jewish History, Culture, and Life)

Show sample text content

Within the following piece, he's taking funny goal on the Jewish propensity to work out the area as starkly divided, frequently absurdly, among issues which are ‘Jewish’ and those who should not. ” The more recent model, titled “Bruce used to be Jewish yet his comedy may perhaps use a bit updating,” explains, “Lenny Bruce’s ‘Jewish and Goyish’ skit is a vintage of American-Jewish comedy. the subsequent piece updates the skit for a 21st-century viewers. ”143 It starts: “Dig: i'm Jewish, Harrison Ford is Jewish, The Iron Chef is Jewish. child Rock is Goyish. Kathie Lee is goyish. Billy Joel is as Jewish because it will get, Elton John is goyish. ” etc. None of it truly is rather smart or humorous, however the actual fact that Lenny Bruce is being tailored demonstrates the resonance of his comedic standpoint and the renewed relevance of his view of Jewishness. A extra profitable (that is, funnier) model are available in Heeb journal, a satirical magazine for today’s Jewish formative years tradition, which debts itself as “the bastard love baby of Emma Goldman and Lenny Bruce. ”144 Heeb has the Jewish/goyish subject working all through its concerns as subtext. in a single factor, a chart titled “The complete Megillah” divides modern tradition into “kosher” and “trayf” (unkosher) different types, corresponding to “intelligence” (kosher) as opposed to “intelligent layout” (trayf), and “Craig’s record” (kosher) as opposed to “Schindler’s checklist” (trayf). a hundred forty five Bruce himself seems in one other contemporary factor, on a web page directory “great addicts in Jewish history,” in addition to King Solomon (sex addiction), the Baal Shem Tov (unidentified), Sarah Bernhardt (drugs and alcohol), Sigmund Freud (cocaine), etc. 146 it seems that, the “new Jews” of this day are all too keen to forgive Jewish geniuses their flaws. With the space of time, maybe, we've got turn into extra keen to confess the bad-boy portion of Bruce as intrinsic to his cultural fulfillment. for that reason, one other tribute that makes connection with his drug use is Jon Stewart’s 1998 piece, “Lenny Bruce: The Making of a Sitcom. ”147 incorporated in a set of comedian essays sincerely encouraged via Woody Allen’s essay collections of the Seventies, it's Stewart’s fable of what the discourse could have been had Bruce been approached by way of a tv community to enhance a sitcom. The piece was once written, word, at a time whilst Stewart used to be searching for his personal position on tv (he started webhosting Kaufman - Jewhooing. indb 152 8/20/2012 5:04:43 PM Kaufman - Jewhooing. indb 153 lenny bruce The day-by-day express within the following 12 months, 1999) and likewise within the wake of the main profitable crossover ever from standup comedy to tv sitcom, Seinfeld (on air 1989–1998). the self-esteem is that the sitcom may, à l. a. Seinfeld, heart at the genuine lifetime of the comedian—but Bruce’s actual lifestyles used to be so outlandishly sordid that the tv executives blithely try to “clean up” the plot eventualities he submits on nightclub napkins. they're regularly inspired, in spite of the fact that, by way of how quick he responds to their notes—a smart funny story enjoying on Bruce’s use of “uppers,” medicines that might “speed” him up.

Rated 4.53 of 5 – based on 21 votes