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Auction 26 Lot Number 1

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The Military Bands

The Military Bands (MB) were established in 1948, soon after the establishment of the IDF. The glory days of the MB began soon after the Six Day War when each unit and each infantry brigade established a band of its own. The most prominent bands were those of the central commands (north, center and south, as well as the Naval Corps Band). The MB were dismantled at the end of the 1970s by the IDF Commander in Chief at the time, Rafael "Raful" Eitan, and later attempts to renew them failed.
The MB were very important as a didactic tool and a way of keeping the high morale of the soldiers, and their success endowed prestige and "team spirit" to the different units and brigades. The investment in the MB was enormous and the highest ranked commanders were involved in their design. The MB were accepted with enthusiasm and gained a great success within a short time, both in the army and among the general public. Many of their shows were performed outside of the IDF, they produced records, their songs were frequently played on the radio and many of them became hits. The MB shows included songs in Hebrew, most of them original, and short sketches, as a comic relief. The directors of the MB emphasized in particular the arrangements of the songs, and the singers’ body movements harmoniously and rigorously, in order to convey the meaning of the words by acting and pantomime; this particular style became their identifying feature.
Many of the leading artists in Israel contributed songs to the MB, among them: Naomi Shemer, Haim Hefer, Yair Rosenblum, Yoram Teharlev, and together with them leading directors like Naomi Polani, Danny Litai, Yossi Banai and many others.
In the 1970s the veteran members of the MB returned to the bands as a part of their reserve duty, in which they worked with the new MB members. Thus, for example, we can find in The Armored Corps Band show program from 1973, leading artists like Yehonatan Geffen, Shalom Hanoch, Boaz Davidson and many others. These artists were recruited for reserve duty in order to write for the MB.
The enthusiastic acceptance of the MB among Israeli civilian audiences, as well as the fact that the initiation stage of most of the Israeli entertainers in the 1970s and the 1980s were in military frames, is a unique cultural phenomena, reflecting the vague borders between the military sphere and the civilian one in Israeli culture. A typical example for such a vague model, is The Dizengoff Command Band (active in 1969-1970), which was an assembly of MB veteran stars.
The collection includes material which documents the MB activities since the 1960s until the beginning of the 1980s, the singers-actors and the artist who wrote, directed and produced the shows, photographs of their auditions, rehearsals, everyday life and shows, in different places and settings and in times of peace and war.
The material reveals the extraordinary investments of the army in nurturing the MB and the importance they had for the Israeli generals in their chase after prestige. Beyond the reflection of the military and cultural systems, we can detect in the materials the initiation processes and the creative atmosphere of the artists who played a crucial role in Israeli music, theater and cinema since the 1960s. This aspect of the collection, depicts the unique hybrid model of the military and civilian spheres, crystallized in Israeli culture, and may provide a deeper understanding of the modernization process of Israeli society.
The collection includes 780 photographs and 7 negatives of the Military Bands.
The bands which appear in the collection are: The Cheezbatron, The Air Force Band, The Naval Corps Band, North Command Band, South Command Band, Central Command Band, Armored Corps Band, The Nahal Brigade Band, Artillery Corps Band, The Combat Engineering Entertainment Team, The Paratroops Entertainment Team, Golani Entertainment Team, Nahal Brigade Entertainment Team, Armored Corps workshop soldiers [mechanics] Entertainment Team, Sinai Entertainment Team, The Dizengoff Command [a civilian group which operated in a MB model], and a collection of entertainment crews from the early eighties as well as the IDF orchestra. The collection also includes photographs of artists from Israel and abroad performing in front of soldiers, and of Israeli generals with various artists.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 2

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“Tempo Bands”

As mentioned in the introduction, the dominant media channels rejected or marginalized the "tempo bands" (lehakot ketzev) which flourished during the 1960s and 1970s in Israeli night clubs (besides Tel Aviv, also in Jerusalem and in Haifa. The main clubs though were in Ramla [Calipso and Karish] and in Tel Aviv Hamasger street). Not much has been written about their place in Israeli music history and their cultural significance, as well as on the reasons for their disappearance from Israeli collective memory.
From an archival point of view, there is no doubt that the collection offered here for sale is rare, as it is one of the only which document the "tempo bands" scene. As opposed to the MB which were shaped by the establishment from above, the "tempo bands" were a local and independent initiative coming from below, from those who didn’t comply with the militaristic ethos, those who were not accepted or preferred not to serve in the MB. At the end of the 1970s the "tempo bands" scene declined and part of its leading figures found their way to Israeli mainstream music.
54 photographs and 16 colored negatives of "tempo bands".
The bands in the collection were active during the 1960s and the 1970s. The bands in the collection are: "The Fats and the Skinny", "The Monsters Band", "The Zion Stars", "The Climbers", "The Velvet", "The Cream", "The Four Fates", "The Lords", "The Secrets Band, the Eiffel Tower Band, "The Knesset Members Band", "Snow Ball Band", "The Councils Orchestra", "The Volunteers", "the Dreams", "Fly band", "The Musrara Magic Boys" "The Albertos Band", "The Desperate" , "The Boy Band" "The Characters Band", "Ram Band", "The Dolls", "The Fashion Band", "Purple Haze Band", a few photographs without band name; Misha Segal (a typical TB musician) 16 colored negatives of him and his band.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 3

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“Tempo Bands” from Jerusalem

41 photographs of Jerusalem "Tempo Bands" from the 1960s and 1970s.
The bands in the collection are (amongst otherss): "The Electric Stage", "The Mosquitoes", "The Creation", "Popstars", "The Little Birds", "The Capital", "The Beauty Stars" (an east-Jerusalem band), "D. D. and his Band" (performance in a Black Panters assembly); studio photographs taken in several Jerusalem photo studios and photographs from performances

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Auction 26 Lot Number 4

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Latter-day band / The Churchills

~"Latter-day band" was a rock group in the 1970s and it is known for being the first band to merge "high Hebrew" poetic lyrics and rock music, as well as by upgrading Israeli music production standards.

Opening250$ Sold For320$ Including buyers premium

Auction 26 Lot Number 5

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The Pure Souls Band

The Pure Souls Band was active between 1972 and 1975. Many of the songs from their only album, called also The Pure Souls, are still played on Israeli radio, in the original versions and in a variety of cover versions. These songs symbolize the era of the Yom Kippur War.
34 Photographs and 20 color negatives of Natan Cohen (the band leader and writer), with a guitar and without. Photographs of the band in performances, behind the scenes and in poster frames.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 6

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The Singing Trio

A pop trio that was active in 1969-1970. Its members were Benny Amdursky, Shalom Hanoch and Hanan Yovel.
15 photographs of the Singing Trio, in performances, rehearsals, behind the scenes and in poster poses.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 7

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Tamuz Band

Tamuz Band is an Israeli canonical rock band that was active in the mid 1970s. Its only record "End of the Oranges Season", considered as a milestone in Israeli rock history.
4 photographs and 20 color negatives of "Tamuz Band".
The photographs are from a performance. Half of the negatives are for poster and the rest are from a performance and behind the scenes.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 8

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The Dudaim

The Dudaim were a canonical Israeli duo, active and popular from 1957 until 1993.
11 negatives for a poster of the Dudaim.
In part of the negatives they are dressed in IDF uniform.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 9

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Kaveret

Kaveret Band, also known as Poogy (the name chosen for their performances abroad)was established in 1973, and active only for a few years, but its members (who were a kind of a "super group" of MB stars), became leading and creative Israeli artists (Efraim Shamir, Danny Sanderson and Alon Olearchik, Yoni Rechter and Isaac Klepter).
Kaveret won much fame around the Jewish world for their often humorous songs and unique style of music. Similarly to The Dizengoff Command Band, Kaveret blended MB models (like skits, nonsense bits and dancing) with rock music, and created by that a kind of MB parody.
74 photographs of Kaveret, amongst otherss: in rehearsals and performances, with various artists, many photographs are made for poster or album covers.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 10

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Benzin

Benzin is an Israeli rock group that was active during the 1980s.
25 colored negatives of the band.
Most of them are for poster. The members of the band photographed together and alone. 7 negatives are from a performance.
Benzin Band is an Israeli rock group that was active during the 1980s.
25 colored negatives of the band.
Most of them are for poster. The members of the band photographed together and alone. 7 negatives are from a performance.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 11

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Vanguard Bands

22 photographs of Israeli vanguard bands.
* Zingale Band (8) behind the scenes and in rehearsals; panoramic photograph (3 pasted photographs) of the band in performance. * Cosmic Dream (2) * Rhetorical Band (9) * The Brigade Veterans (3) for poster, dressed in 19th century European army uniforms.
Opening price: 150$
566. Chromosome
17 photographs of Chromosome band.
The photographs are from performances and behind the scenes.

Opening150$ Sold For185$ Including buyers premium

Auction 26 Lot Number 12

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Chromosome

17 photographs of Chromosome band.
The photographs are from performances and behind the scenes.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 13

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Arik Einstein

Arik Einstein is an Israeli singer-songwriter and actor. During his long and fertile career, began at the MB The Nahal Brigade Band, Einstein became an icon of Israelism, marking both quality and the popular. During the 1970s Einstein, together with Shalom Hanoch and the rock group the Churchills, created a new Israeli sound which was influenced by Anglo-American rock and roll. Beyond his warm and tender voice and the hundreds of songs he recorded, including a multi album project of new versions for Israeli classics, Einstein's contribution to Israeli music was his unique ability to work with other artists, writers and musicians. He enabled them to create some of the masterpieces of modern Hebrew music. His contribution to the cinema and acting in Israel is constitutive; beside his excellent acing performances in Uri Zohar's films "Big Eyes" and Metzitzim, he was a partner in creating a new colloquial Israeli language, simple and authentic, which stood in contrast to the artificial, censored and literary language which was dominant in Israeli cinema.
85 photographs and 35 colored negatives.
The photographs are from the middle of the 1960s until the end of the 1970s. the photographs are with and many other artists (among them): Shalom Hanoch, Richie Havens, Yafa Yarkoni, Tzvi Shissel, Yoni Rechter, Mickey Gavrielov, with his family, a collection of portraits, in performances and with different ensembles. As well as a few photographs of characters he played in the TV series "Lool" [coop]. Most of the negatives are portraits for a magazine cover or a poster. Several negatives are from performances with different musicians.

Opening900$ Sold For1,476$ Including buyers premium

Auction 26 Lot Number 14

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Shalom Hanoch

Shalom Hanoch is one of the first rock artists in Israel. He began his career in the Nahal Brigade Band and was for a short period a member of the "Shlosharim". Since the early 1970s he wrote, composed and recorded hundreds of songs, and a few of his albums are regarded as milestones in the development of Israeli rock.
60 photographs from the 1960s and the 1970s of Shalom Hanoch.
Portraits, with guitar, in performances and behind the scenes; with various artists and family. Different shows as well as 10 printed contacts of portraits from the 1960s.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 15

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Meir Ariel (1942-1999)

Meir Ariel was an Israeli singer-songwriter.
As a native born Kibbutznick and as a son of a Bible teacher, Ariel absorbed in his childhood and youth the Kibbutz culture and the knowledge in the Hebrew language and tradition. This combination served Ariel as an endless spring of innovative linguistic and lexical phrases and idioms, which he used to describe in a most precise way, the Israeli crisis as he experienced it at the end of the 1960s. In 1967, after his war experiences (he was one of the first paratroopers who occupied the Western Wall), he responded immediately and directly to the victory messianic rejoice and to the spreading euphoria, and in response to the popular song of Noami Shemer, "Jerusalem of Gold", he wrote and performed a version of his own to the same tune, with the title "Jerusalem of Iron", in which he expressed the dark and bitter sides of the war. Ariel intention wasn’t understood and the press gave him the nickname "the singing paratrooper" which he rejected as a gimmick.
After a long stay in the US, where he was influenced deeply by Bob Dylan, he returned to Israel, and in a series of complex poetic and troubadourian albums he exposed new dimensions of Israeli culture and the Hebrew language.
His first and most successful album, Shirey Chag Umoed Venofel [Songs of holiday and falling commemorative day] from 1978, includes one of the most significant texts of Israeli song writing, "Song of Pain", in which he represented the emotional stress of the occupation. In that song appears one of his most quoted lines: "At the end of every sentence that you utter in Hebrew / sits an Arab with a narghile / even if it begins with Siberia / or with Hollywood, with Hava Nagila."
In the last decade of his life, which came to an end prematurely, he was drawn into Jewish tradition and dwelled into "poetic" Torah studies and even practiced several basic instructions in a "sporty" manner as he defined it. This new religious experiences had explicit impact on his late albums and works, in which he confronted the digital age which he perceived as apocalyptic.
14 photographs of Meir Ariel.
Two portrait photographs of Ariel in Kibbutz Mishmarot (early 1970s); Ariel in IDF uniforms gather firewood in Hebron; in performance with his band, with various artists and with his wife Tirtza.

Opening150$ Sold For369$ Including buyers premium

Auction 26 Lot Number 16

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Gidi Gov

Gidi Gov is an Israeli singer, TV host, entertainer and actor.
Gov began his acting and singing career at The Nahal Brigade Band. He was the leading singer of Kaveret, and later recorded several solo albums and was a leading singer of a few bands. In addition to his musical career, since the 1970s, Gov also performed as main actor in several important films which are considered as millstones in Israeli cinematic history ("Masa Alonkot", "Khirbet Khize", "Ha-Lehaka", "The Troupe", (which described the life in an Israeli military band), and "Dizengoff 99").
42 photographs of Gidi Gov.
From the 1960s until the early 1980s. amongst others: as a soldier in the Nahal Brigade Band, playing on the bank of the Suez Canal; portraits, with various artists, with his wife the playwright Anat Gov; of several of his characters from the successful Israeli entertainment show "Zehu Ze!" [That's it!].

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Auction 26 Lot Number 17

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Shlomo Artzi

Shlomo Artzi is an Israeli folk rock singer-songwriter, and composer. He began his career at the Naval Corps Band and in 1970 he had the opportunity to take part in the Israeli Song Festival, a prestigious song contest held every year. Still in military service and wearing a military uniform, he sang Pitom Achshav, Pitom Hayom (Suddenly Now, Suddenly Today), also known as Ahavtiha (I loved her), and won the first prize. After a short period of crisis he began a long acoustic tour all over Israel. Since the end of 1970s Artzi transformed into a pop and soft rock artist and inserted personal and associative elements into his lyrics. This style made him since the end of the 1980s an icon of an authentic Israeli man; sensitive, emotional, but in control. He won the Israeli Song Festival again in 1973. For his success and influence on Israeli culture he received in 2012 a doctorate of honor from Haifa University.
100 photographs and 35 color negatives of Shlomo Artzi.
amongst otherss: as a soldier, portraits from the early stage of his career until early 1980s, with various artists, in performances, with fans, with his family; the negatives are from his early career, from different and varied poster photograph-sessions, and from different performances.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 18

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Tzvika Pik

Henrik Zvi "Svika" Pick (written also: Tzvika Pik, Tsvika Pick) is a pop singer and composer. He was born in Wrocław, Poland, to a family of musicians. Already at the age of 5 he studied classical music which he continued to study after his arrival to Israel, at the Conservatory of Ramat Gan and soon after began to perform (at age 15) in "tempo bands" . It is possible that the fact that his musical style and popularity emerged from the night clubs of Ramla, was the main reason for the negative criticism which even ridiculed him. In his early career LCW coverage was the only "good press" he received, and it defiantly have an important role in his "starization" and promotion. Since the end of 1970s, Pick proved time after time his extraordinary talent in composing and performing megahits which became classics. In 2011 he received The ACUM Life Achievement Award.
57 photographs and 60 colored negatives of Tzvika Pik.
The photographs are from the end of the 1960s, the 1970s and early 1980s. amongst others: portraits, in rehearsals and recordings, in performance and with various artists. The negatives are varied, from different sessions in different stages of his career, mainly for posters and magazine covers.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 19

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The Early Tzvika Pik

17 photographs and 4 color negatives of Tzvika Pik's early bands (since age 15). The photographs include the bands: "TeleStar", "The Fats and the Skinny" and the "Chocolate band" in poster poses, in performances and behind the scenes.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 20

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Mike Brant / Mike (Moshe) Brand

"Lahiton" had a very special relationship with Mike Brant, just like with Zvika Pik. The magazine documented and reported all of Mike Brant's moves while all the other papers completely disregarded him. It seems as if Brant was "loyal" to "Lahiton" and when he became very famous in France he agreed to have exclusive interviews with "Lahiton" and supplied information that no other paper could get. About 300 photographs and 18 color slides.
Presented is an extensive collection of photos documenting Brant's activity from beginning to end. Photos with his family, photos of performances, behind the scenes, with friends and with admirers in Israel and in France; a photo signed by Brant on the front and on the reverse (1968), a CBS postcard in color; photos of Brant with various Israeli artists: Boaz Sharabi, Yafa Yarkoni, Gabby Shushan, Kaveret band; portrait photos: two photos of Mike with the Baroness of Melici, walking on the beach; newspaper cuttings of interviews and front-cover photos of Mike and two booklets in French dedicated to him;"Private Album of Mike Brant" – Special Edition (1975); Photos of Mike in performances abroad (photos taken by Patrick Ullmann and Gerard Deballe); color slides of Mike on the background of the sea; sixty photos of the suicide scene and the funeral.

Opening2,500$ Sold For3,075$ Including buyers premium

Auction 26 Lot Number 21

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Isaac Klepter

Isaac Klepter is a guitar player, with one of the most genuine and authentic Israeli guitar sounds. Klepter is a songwriter and a singer, and he became an Israeli rock icon.
50 photographs and 10 color negatives of Isaac Klepter.
The photographs are from the 1960s and 1970s. amongst others: portraits, in performances (since the age of 14), in recordings, with various artists, with his wife Vered Klepter.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 22

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Matti Caspi

Matti Caspi is a composer, musician, singer, and lyricist.
5 photographs and 70 color negatives of Matti Caspi.
Photographs of Caspi from the 1970s, in rehearsal room at work. Negatives are from several shows and in rehearsals (with Yossi Banai) and portraits.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 23

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Shmulik Kraus

Shmulik Kraus is an actor, pop-rock singer and composer. Kraus had a significant role in creating the sound of Israeli pop-rock, in his sensitive treatment of lyrics. Parallel to his musical activity Kraus participated in several films. During his career he suffered from different crises, was arrested a few times and even hospitalized in a mental-health hospital, because of his violent behavior and his inclination to over-identify with the characters he played. He received the Minister of Education Award for Life Achievement.

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Auction 26 Lot Number 24

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Benny Amdursky (1931-1994)

Benny Amdursky is a singer, producer, impresario and restaurateur.
Amdursky was a producer and a partner in several significant groups. Among them, The Dudaim, The Yarkon Trio and The Singing Trio, he produced The High Windows Band and the albums "Jerusalem of gold" and "Jerusalem of Iron".
23 photographs of Benny Amdursky.
Photographs from the 1970s. With various artists and several friends in cafes, bars, restaurants and cockatiel parties; with his wife Miki Amdursky.

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