Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Musical Review of Jewish History In Four Minutes

In 1989, Billy Joel's hit song, We Didn't Start The Fire, chronicled the events and leading figures over a 50 year period, from 1949 to 1989.  

Earlier this year, for Israel Independence Day, Adam Drucker took the Shlock Rock parody of the song written by Lenny Solomon in 1991 and added Googled images for each of the events and individuals mentioned in this four minute sweep of Jewish History.  Drucker is the Youth Director of the Stanmore synagogue in northwest London.  

We thought it was a good summary of Jewish history, so we're sharing it with you. But don't blink.  If you do, you'll miss a few of the images.  Drucker chose interesting but unconventional ones to illustrate personalities and events in our history.  Some of them may surprise you.  Enjoy!

If you want to hear the original We Didn't Start the Fire sung by Billy Joel illustrated with rapid fire images taken from the internet, here it is.  There are 119 events and individuals chronicled in the song.  We didn't count the events or individuals in the Shlock Rock parody.  We'll leave that to you.  Here is a link to the lyrics for We've Got a Strong Desire.

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