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Wrap-Up of My Jewish Punk Research

Update (8/19/10): Here is the 2010 version of the List of Jewish Punk Bands.

Following yesterday’s post discussing 10 Jewish punk bands I’d yet to write about, I’m taking a hiatus from writing about Jewish punk.

Below is a listing of the Jewish punk bands I’ve written about along with a link to an article or blog post in which each is mentioned. The categorization is somewhat arbitrary. The last three categories shouldn’t be thought of as comprehensive.

Punk Bands With a Significant Jewish Focus/Identity
7SEVENTY (Florida)
CAN CAN (Georgia)
Electric Menorah (New York)
Gefilte F*ck (predecessor: Jews From the Valley) (California)
Jewdriver (predecessor: G.I. Jew) (California)
The Jiddische Hitlerjugend (Holland)
Johnny Cohen and the Jewish Defense League (Holland)
Kohane of Newark (New York)
KOSHER (Maryland)
Mensch (New York)
Moshiach Oi (New York)
Total Passover (Iowa)
The Schleps (Massachusetts)
The Shondes (New York)
Sons of Abraham (New York)
Steve “Gangsta Rabbi” Lieberman (New York)
White Shabbos (New York)
Yidcore (Australia)

Klezmer/Folk Bands With a Punk Edge
The Murrays
Polka Madre

Similar bands include the Klezmatics, Charming Hostess, Charming Hostess Big Band, Kletka Red, Josh Lederman y Los Diablos, and Mr. Julian Gaskell & His Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

Punk Bands From Israel
Chaos Rabak
Friday Night Sissy Fight
Not Kosher
Useless ID

To learn more about the Israeli punk scene, check out Liz Nord’s documentary Jericho’s Echo: Punk Rock in the Holy Land.

Punk Bands With Jewish Members
Bad Religion
Black Flag
The Clash
The Circle Jerks
The Dictators
Gogol Bordello
Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
New Found Glory
The New York Dolls
The Ramones
Serge Gainsbourg

To learn more about Jews’ involvement in punk rock, read Steven Lee Beeber’s The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk.


  • At 1/15/2009 11:01 PM, Blogger heebnvegan said…

    Here's the follow-up to this wrap-up post: http://heebnvegan.blogspot.com/2009/01/jewish-punk-follow-up-to-wrap-up.html.

    It includes a blurb about Mr. Julian Gaskell and His Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

  • At 6/06/2009 9:44 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    THANKS A LOT for this list, it's just what i have been looking for!

    Yeshar Koach !

    Thanks again,
    Idan from Israel.

  • At 6/06/2009 11:29 AM, Blogger heebnvegan said…

    Idan, there'll be a follow-up coming at some point this summer. Stay tuned. :)

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