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    Jorma Kaukonen

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    10

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    December 23, 1940 —

    According to guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, if his grandfather, Ben Levine, didn't marry his grandmother, Vera, he would have been born an Orthodox Jew. Vera was an anarchist who frowned on religion, so their daughter, Beatrice, was raised secular. And so was Jorma, saddled with such a goyishe, Finnish name.

    Of course, if Jorma would have been born an Orthodox Jew, there probably wouldn't be Jefferson Airplane, the band he helped found. And if there was no Jefferson Airplane, there might not have been psychedelic rock. And if there was no psychedelic rock, the 70s might have turned out completely differently. And if... well, you get the picture.

    Jorma actually embraced Judaism late in his life. His wife converted, and the guitarist has now returned to his roots.

    So it all worked out?

    Of course, if Jorma's grandfather didn't marry his grandmother, there wouldn't be Jorma in the first place...

    Yes, it definitely all worked out.

    Verdict: Jew.

    March 26, 2012

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    Art Garfunkel

    Mickey Hart

    Mark Knopfler

    Robby Krieger

    Country Joe McDonald
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