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COLUMN SEVENTY-SIX, OCTOBER 1, 2002
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THE SINGER-SONGWRITER JOHN HAMMOND WAS GOING TO SIGN
Date: Sat, 03 Aug 2002 12:43:39 -0400
From: ned massey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Organization: nick missouri music
name is Ned Massey and I am a singer/songwriter who was the last discovery of
John Hammond, the famous Columbia Records A&R man who signed Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen,
and artists back as far as Count Basie and Benny Goodman. John Hammond
came out in the national press and said I was the best thing he'd heard since
Dylan and Springsteen (his words, not mine). Hammond was in the process of
signing me when he died (in fact, he had a massive stroke while in the studio
with me recording what was to be my debut album).
about everything that can go wrong in the music business has happened to me, so
when the last label I was on went under the month my album was to be released, I
decided to make my own album and release it on the internet. The album is
called, "A Brief Appearance," and is available on CDBABY.com and soon on
and Springsteen are the reasons I became a songwriter and the reason I sought
out John Hammond to hear my music.
have plenty of good John Hammond stories so if you'd like to be in touch, e me
if you'd like to know more about me or my music, visit my web site http://www.nedmassey.com
ned massey ##
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DON KIRSHNER IS BACK!
re: the monkees
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 17:34:53 -0400
Kirshner is BACK!! He is the CEO of Kirshner International and he's got Ron
Dante with him! <singing> "Ah Honey Sugar Sugar.." This could
really be great Mark. I found Don's website too www.donkirshner.com
, you won't believe some of the cool pics!
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FROM 'ANGEL'S' MOM (HE DOES HAVE ONE!)
Matthew Angel Remak--"That
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 01:13:53 -0400
From: "Kathy Remak" <email@example.com>
am Matt, Angel's mother (he does have one) and even though I live in San
Francisco, Matt has recently returned to the vivid streets of New York to
reabsorb the life there and is out and about in Manhattan. I do have a contact
number for him and it has come to my attention from Carl Macki that you or
someone else is seeking Matt, to make contact.
Please E-mail me and I will make sure the number is passed back to
whomever seeks Matt Angel Remak. My
E-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remak (PS I enjoy your columns and writings very much)
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A KHUN WAYNE MUSIC REVIEW: THE BREEDERS
The Breeders (an exclusive rum review)
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 02:41:00 EDT
great concert that got better as the evening wore on. Two mid-30 something
sisters. Scraggly haired, chain smoking, longneck chugging, thick wasted,
dissipated, totally out of shape hags. They both looked like they had been
servicing the Serb Army in some Eastern European Ho-House for the past decade.
Catchy and sprightly punkish tunes. Three minute, three cord ditties. The crowd
loved them and so did the Khun Man. I suggest a few Vodka and Red Bull's for
maximum enjoyment. If they come to your town don't miss them.....
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NOW 100, LENI SAYS SHE DIDN'T KNOW NOTTING
Fwd: "I Vas Non Political I vas completely neutral"
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 01:05:21 EDT
give the old crone some props. Still above ground at 100..... I knew notting
about dos terrwible terrwible tings that vas happening to da Chews.
on Sun, Aug. 18, 2002
near 100, Hitler's last living confidant still in his shadow
BY CAROL J. WILLIAMS
Los Angeles Times Service
Germany - Little wonder that Leni Riefenstahl finds solace nowadays in the
silent world of deep-sea diving, where neither public reproach nor pangs of
terra firma, the last living confidant of Adolf Hitler can't escape accusations
that her genius cinematography helped whip Germans into a nationalistic frenzy
in the years before World War II.
deep under the sea, from the Maldives to the South Pacific, can the soon-to-be
centenarian pursue her photographic art unhindered by persistent allegations
that she knew, or should have known, she propagated evil.
even with the benefit of hindsight on the Holocaust, Riefenstahl says
her propaganda masterpiece, Triumph of the Will, helped propel Hitler to
godlike stature in Germany, she has insisted that her role in the Third Reich's
deadly rampage was purely artistic.
I only worked with him for six days, as that is how long the party congress
lasted," Riefenstahl said of the 1934 Nazi rally at Nuremberg that was the
subject of her notorious documentary film and the scene of Hitler's first
ominous fanning of the flames of racial hatred.
often said of me that I was a friend of the Nazis, but that cannot be justly
maintained. I was neither a member of any political party nor ever expressly
sympathetic," Riefenstahl said in an interview at her two-story wooden home in
this quiet Bavarian village. "I was completely neutral."
soared to early success in each of the careers she pursued, from modern dance to
silent-movie star to directing by the time she was 30. But the war years were
to take whatever secrets she harbors to her grave, the erstwhile beauty who will
turn 100 on Thursday sees her life as unbowed perseverance through jealousy and
haven't had an easy life, but that is natural for someone who was very admired
and famous and then falls into a crisis," she said. "All this happened to me
because I lived in a time that also gave the world Hitler."
who accuse her of collusion with the original axis of evil have misjudged her,
she insisted, but they will never defeat her.
fit and lucid for her years, Riefenstahl still clings to the reflected limelight
from her days with Hitler even though she disowns him. She proudly shows
visitors this month's issue of Vogue magazine, in which an 18-page spread
includes images of her working with the dictator, and the 1938 cover of Time
magazine, on which she is featured as "Hitler's Leni Riefenstahl."
always admitted that, yes, in the beginning I was fascinated by Hitler," she
asserted in her 1987 autobiography, A Memoir. "I never denied that. But
I had no idea what Hitler was doing."
portrayed Germany as an invincible nation and Hitler as a messianic figure
leading adoring countrymen to their rightful place as a world power. It is
considered to this day a masterpiece of propaganda.
attracted even broader accolades with Olympia, her artistic documentary on the
1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Her innovative camera work established her as a
trailblazer in sports photography techniques now taken for granted, such as
slow-motion and mobile filming.
from allied detention or house arrest seven years after the war, Riefenstahl
managed to direct one last film begun in wartime before she was driven out of
the industry and took up still photography.
insists she never wanted to make Triumph but that she couldn't refuse
Hitler. Like most Germans of that time, she acknowledged, she was impressed by
his mesmerizing powers over the masses.
Her refusal to concede culpability in elevating Hitler has always denied her entree in politically correct circles. Still, Riefenstahl insists that respectability has come back to her with time, pointing to her photo exhibit at a Berlin gallery two years ago. ##
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DEEP-SEATED ANTI-SEMITISM SEEN AS ROOT OF EUROPE'S ANTIPATHY TOWARD ISRAEL
An Ugly Rumor or an Ugly Truth? - The New York Times, August 4,2002
Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2002 12:19:09 -0400
From: "Julian Tepper" <email@example.com>
Ugly Rumor or an Ugly Truth?
The New York Times
August 4, 2002
day after the deadly Palestinian attack on Hebrew University in Jerusalem, The
Guardian, the left-leaning British newspaper, published an editorial criticizing
Israel for what the paper called "random, vengeful acts of terror"
against Palestinian civilians during its reoccupation of the West Bank town of
Jenin last spring. This after a United Nations report dismissed Palestinian
claims that Israel had massacred civilians there.
the past several months, such sentiments have become common in much of Europe. A
few months ago, when Tom Paulin, a poet, Oxford University professor and regular
guest on BBC television, told Al Ahram, Egypt's leading newspaper, that
American-born Jews who have settled on the Israeli-occupied West Bank were Nazis
who "should be shot dead," his remarks, which outraged some, were also
met by approval and admiration.
N. Wilson, a prominent conservative British writer and editor, publicly defended
Mr. Paulin, who has also published a poem in The Observer magazine that referred
to Israeli soldiers as "the Zionist SS."
in this country and throughout the world would echo his views on the tragic
events in the Middle East," said Mr. Wilson, who himself wrote in The
Evening Standard, the London newspaper, that he had "reluctantly"
concluded that Israel no longer had a right to exist.
too, is a view that throughout Western Europe seems to command a fair degree of
sympathy. In France, demonstrators held posters aloft saying "Death to
Jews." In Italy, L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican daily, wrote that Israel
was engaging in "aggression that turns into extermination." And Jos?
all raises a question: Does the ferocious moral condemnation of Israel mark a
recrudescence of that most ugly of Western diseases, anti-Semitism? Or is it
legitimate, if crude, criticism of a nation's policies? Where does one draw the
line? And how does one judge?
issue is complicated by several factors, not the least of them that many harsh
critics of Israel are Jews. When, a few weeks ago, two British university
professors called for an academic boycott of Israel, among the roughly 700
scholars who signed their petition were several Israelis.
observers, including a number of Jews, don't see anti-Semitism in the European
anger at Israel but simply the success of the Palestinians' campaign to portray
themselves as an oppressed people. The Palestinians get more sympathy than, say,
the Tibetans, because their plight is what Europeans see in their newspapers and
on their televisions every day.
those most worried about a new wave of anti-Semitism do not argue that it is the
same as the anti-Semitism of the 1930's or even the 1950's in Europe, when to
express contempt and hatred for Jews was respectable. These days, for the most
part, it is not respectable.
you have is anti-Semitism without anti-Semites," said Oscar Bronner, the
publisher and editor of Der Standard, a major Austrian daily newspaper. "If
you talk to people who use anti-Semitic clich's without knowing what they are
doing, they are shocked that somebody would think they were anti-Semitic. But
it's everywhere. It's in print. It's dinner party conversations. When a dozen
Israeli kids are killed because somebody throws a bomb in order to kill Israeli
kids, then it's regrettable. If Israel kills a dozen kids as collateral damage
when they try to kill a murderer who hides among children, then this is a war
there has also been a sharp increase in overt, physical anti-Semitism in the
past couple of years. In France, such attacks are largely believed to be the
work of resident Arabs, but some critics of the critics of Israel see a nasty
kind of symbiosis, in which intellectual and journalistic condemnations of
Israel have given the Arab hatred of Jews a kind of legitimacy.
the same time, Israel and the Palestinians are elements in the broader
post-cold-war policy and cultural differences that have emerged between the
United States and Europe, especially during the Bush administration.
is true is that Europe has moved toward an identification with international
agencies acting collectively to help the disadvantaged and the poor, and there's
a belief in Europe that the Americans haven't caught up with that," said
Tony Judt, aprofessor of European Studies at New York University and a critic of
current Israeli policy. "Israel, with its close identification with the
United States, and vice versa, embodies this defect, and the fact that Israel is
in violation of all sorts of laws about occupation makes it an obvious target,
much as South Africa was in the 60's and 70's, because it is against everything
that Europeans see themselves as standing for."
question remains, however: Does the endless scrutiny and criticism of Israel to
be found in Europe amount to anti-Semitism? Alexandre Adler, a French Jew and
columnist for Le Monde, gives the phenomenon an anti-globalist interpretation.
Anti-globalization, which is especially strong in France, is the new
anti-Americanism, he argues, and Israel, America's close ally, is seen as an
example of supposed American indifference to the plight of the world's poor.
French anti-globalization activist Jos? Bov?, who won worldwide fame by
leading an attack on a McDonald's in southern France, epitomizes this attitude,
in Mr. Adler's view. Mr. Bov? led a delegation that appeared alongside Yasir
Arafat during Israel's military assault on Mr. Arafat's headquarters a few
months ago, but he made no condemnation of Palestinian encouragement of suicide
bombings against Israelis. When he returned to France, he made a statement on
the radio to the effect that the Mossad, Israel's secret service, was behind the
attacks on synagogues in France---a view very close to the popular opinion in
France that the Sept. 11 attacks were carried out by the C.I.A.
are the people who refused to show solidarity with the United States after 9/11
and who think of Israel as one expression of American opposition to the wretched
of the earth," Mr. Adler said. "They're not technically anti-Semitic
in what they say, but what they say is nasty and it's of concern."
those who see a revival of European anti-Semitism masked as sympathy for
Palestinians or anti-Zionism argue that the obsessive attention to the
have to wonder about people who compare Israelis to Nazis," said Elie
Wiesel, the writer, Nobel Peace Prize winner and holocaust survivor. "I ask
myself, why do they hate Israel, which is, after all, the Jewish state, so
much?" And Martin Sieff of United Press International, surveying press
coverage of Israel's reoccupation of Jenin, which came after a week of suicide
bombings that killed 33 Israelis, accused West European newspapers of a
"wild and remarkably uniform hysteria."
Guardian, for example, editorialized that Israeli actions in Jenin were
"every bit as repellent" as the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 against
the United States, and many publications simply accepted as fact Palestinian
accusations of massacres and atrocities.
the death toll in the most recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which began in
September 2000, is just over 2,000 people, roughly 1,500 of them Palestinian.
That is a far lower number than in most of the world's conflicts, and a fact
that makes condemnation of Israel in Europe seem all the more disproportionate.
example, Rwanda and Congo have just signed a treaty that may end their war of
intertribal slaughter. Hundreds of thousands of people have died, but at no
point have editorial writers like Mr. Wilson "reluctantly" suggested
that those countries should no longer exist.
the Russian bombing of civilians in Chechnya and the Chinese policies in Tibet
have elicited less moral outrage in Europe than Israel's actions.
again, the question is why.
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