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Sophie Solomon

The Poetry of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan’s songs formed an indispensable soundtrack to the 1960s, and have continued to capture the imagination of audiences ever since. His song lyrics are often praised for their poetry and he has been acclaimed by some as one of the great unsung poets of the 20th century.

This was an evening of discussion about Dylan’s life and lyrics and Jewishness, punctuated by covers of some key songs from the mesmerising Jackie Oates.

The Words and Music of Leonard Cohen: Part 2 – Music
Leonard Cohen has had many incarnations: seen by many as a living musical legend, he has been a novelist, poet, folk singer, and Buddhist monk. Admitting to influences as wide ranging as Hebrew prayer and Lorca, Cohen himself has in turn inspired generations of artists. Salman Rushdie said, “If I could write like that, I would.” In this second part of a double bill on the opening night of Jewish Book Week 2013, a cast of self-confessed Leonard lovers including Emily Barker, Mara ...
The Words and Music of Leonard Cohen: Part 1 – Words
Leonard Cohen has had many incarnations: seen by many as a living musical legend, he has been a novelist, poet, folk singer, and Buddhist monk. Admitting to influences as wide ranging as Hebrew prayer and Lorca, Cohen himself has in turn inspired generations of artists. Salman Rushdie said, “If I could write like that, I would.” Jewish Book Week, in conjunction with the Jewish Music Institute and Faber Books presented an evening of appreciation for Cohen’s poetry, prose and...
Drawing Life Preview – performance & discussion
Drawing Life, a Jewish Music Institute (JMI) production composed by Jocelyn Pook, is inspired by a collection of poems and drawings made by children imprisoned in Terezin. This was a preview performance of a powerful new classical work commissioned by JMI to mark the 70th anniversary of the commencement of the camp’s liquidation by the Nazis. The song cycle with live music and video was followed by a discussion of the work’s genesis and ideas. Pook was joined on stage by JMI’...
50 years of Fiddler on the Roof
We celebrate a half-century since the opening of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, looking at the life of the musical on stage and screen and Sholem Aleichem’s Yiddish stories that inspired it. What is it about Fiddler’s winning combination of family, tradition and song that has had such a hold on the Jewish cultural imagination ever since? Jeremy Dauber’s The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Teyve is the first comprehensive biogr...