geoff berner

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when i was in library school we did an exercise on what to do when an item is challenged. the role play was based on items that had been challenged in lower mainland libraries. we were given an item along with the reasons that the patron gave for wanting the item banned or reclassified. the item that my group got was geoff berner‘s CD whiskey rabbi because of the song lucky god damn jew. someone thought the song was antisemitic and should be banned from the library. his bio states that he is Jewish and sometimes sings about how “suffering has not ennobled the Jewish people above the rest of humanity”:

I’m a lucky God damn Jew, Lucky God damn Jew,
I’m a lucky God damn Jew, Lucky God damn Jew.
Lucky! Lucky! All the time! Now I’ve got my own country,
Where I am free to persecute People with less luck than me.

you can listen to this song for yourself. another timely favourite of mine is the rich are going to move to the high ground.

according to his bio he wants “to drag klezmer music kicking and screaming back into the bars”. a folk fest favourite of mine, he’s playing this saturday night at the railway club. wanna go?

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