Press release:

Breaking News!
A Summit with Four Jewish Fathers of Punk
Featuring Tommy Ramone, Lenny Kaye, Chris Stein and Handsome Dick Manitoba!

When: Thursday, June 11th – 7pm
Where: The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (15 West 16th St, NYC)
Who: Tommy Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Lenny Kaye, and Chris Stein
What: A discussion on the glorious heyday of New York punk and the impact their Jewish experience had on their music
Cost: $18 for the general public, $12 for students

New York City is universally acknowledged and rightly revered as the cradle of punk rock civilization. But it is safe to say that few are aware that many of punk’s progenitors were Jewish – kids from the outer boroughs and far beyond who settled in Manhattan’s East Village and forged a new world of sound, fury and humor at CBGB‘s and other downtown bars and clubs.

Much like their American and European Jewish forebears, these pioneer punks both reflected and redefined the culture of their day heritage to create a dynamic new art form. In the process, they birthed an aesthetic that continues to influence not only music but the visual arts, literature, fashion and language.

In this forum, four Jewish punk rock fathers – Ramones founder and original drummer Tommy Ramone (born Tamas Erdelyi), Dictators singer and radio personality Handsome Dick Manitoba (Richard Blum), Patti Smith guitarist and journalist Lenny Kaye, and Blondie co-founder and guitarist Chris Stein – will convene at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (15 W. 16th St in NYC) on Thursday, June 11th, to discuss the glorious heyday of New York punk, the arc of their individual careers, and the impact their Jewish experience has had on their music.

* Curated by Guitar World Magazine editor Richard Bienstock, this event is open to the public. All panelists, including Bienstock and YIVO‘s Harold Steinblatt are available for interviews.

To purchase tickets, visit: www.smarttix.com or call 212–868-4444

For more information, visit www.yivo.org

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