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The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's


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Steven Lee Beeber has written for many publications, including Bridge, Conduit, Fiction, Heeb, Maxim, MOJO, The New York Times, The Paris Review,, Rain Taxi, and Spin. He is the editor of Awake: A Reader for the Sleepless, an anthology featuring work by writers including Margaret Atwood, Aimee Bender, Joyce Carol Oates, and Davy Rothbart. He lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.


In this welcome addition to the annals of punk, journalist Beeber does a commendable job of illuminating the Jewish backgrounds of many of punk's pioneers, including Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman), Tommy Ramone (Tamas Erdelyi), as well as Lou Reed, Lenny Kaye, Blondie's Chris Stein, CBGB owner Hilly Kristal right up to the heir-apparent to the Jewish-punk crown, the Beastie Boys. The scene was centered in 1970s New York's Jewish Lower East Side, so it's fitting that punk might have a strong Jewish tradition. Beeber ably cobbles together interesting biographical sketches of the preeminent Jewish punks, rather astutely placing the punk rockers among the pantheon of Jewish entertainers, including the controversial comic Lenny Bruce. He also neatly ties the irreverent punk ethos to the American Jewish experience. Still, the book overreaches at times, straining under the weight of too much tangential cultural history and an overly academic tone. Beeber, however, has clearly done his homework, with more than 100 primary interviews and a clear grasp of the Jewish traditions within which he places punk. And just in time: with "Jewish-owned punk landmark" CBGB slated to close on September 30, Beeber's book will open a hidden chapter for many fans. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Agile, well-researched... The best account of punk's nascent years since Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain's seminal Please Kill Me. With equal parts spirit and scholarship, Beeber succeeds in placing this still-influential music within a broader historical and cultural context, and assures that punk's 'secret history' is a secret no more." -- The Boston Globe"

Punk is Jewish-that's the central tenet of Beeber's (editor, Awake!: A Reader for the Sleepless) Heebie-Jeebies. Whereas most punk histories focus on England as the "true" epicenter of punk, Beeber's work posits an alternative punk time line rooted in New York City that begins with Lenny Bruce and ends with the new Beastie Boys album. Chapters on the Ramones, the Dictators, CBGBs, and Suicide are revelations, even to the seasoned punk fan. However, many of Beeber's subjects (e.g., musicians Jonathan Richman, Richard Hell, and Martin Rev) declined to be interviewed, and that's a shame, as this lack of primary sources damages the book somewhat. Beeber is left to theorize and conceptualize, often moving away from "secret history" and more toward cultural studies. That said, strong writing and even stronger subject matter keep one enthralled. Pair this with Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain's seminal Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk or Victor Bockris's New York-centric Beat Punks anthology to provide another perspective on punk's Lower East Side roots. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.-Matthew Moyer, Jacksonville P.L., FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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