Uncovering the Jewish Songwriters Behind the Greatest Songs of the Rock Era.
Jewish songwriters are responsible for many of the biggest rock and pop hits of the 20th century. Some of these songwriters, such as Carole King, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond and Billy Joel are household names. Many more, however, are known only to a select few, yet their songs have become classics loved the world over. Songs such as Rock Around the Clock, Jailhouse Rock, Twist & Shout, Viva Las Vegas, Do Wah Diddy Diddy, For Your Love, Piece of My Heart, Whiter Shade of Pale, Black Magic Woman, Build Me Up Buttercup, Billy Don’t Be A Hero, I Want Candy, Like A Virgin and You’re the Voice, to name but a few, are all written by Jews …who knew! Join Shir Madness founder and Sydney Festival Director, Gary Holzman, for a highly entertaining multi-media presentation and discover the Jewish songwriters behind these and so many other unforgettable hits.Shir Madness founder and Sydney Festival Director, Gary Holzman, has spent a lifetime reading, researching and studying the largely untold story of Jews in the world of pop and rock music. He has parlayed this knowledge into a 10 week course entitled The Jewish School of Rock which he has presented, in part or whole, at Shalom College, Limmud Oz, North Shore Temple Emmanuel, Moriah College, B’nai B’rith, Shir Madness Melbourne and to the general public.