Israeli Classic Rock on YouTube


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Where can you find an amazing collection of vintage footage of Israeli rock music? On a YouTube channel created by Guy Alon, an Israeli music aficionado. The Hertzlia native tells me, “I grew up with Israeli Music, which always was in the background in my parents’ house.”

I especially remember old LPs by Chava Alberstein, Matti Caspi and Svika Pick. However, it was only when I became an adult that I realized how deep the Israeli music was inside me, and really started to read, listen and explore the nostalgic Israeli music. It was only in my early 30s that I became a true “Israeli Music fan.”

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Impressed by the selection offered by his channel, I asked Guy how he got so many videos. “My collection is a result of decades of preserving old VCR cassettes with original recordings from Israeli TV, mainly with Israeli Music,” he said.

After I started my new hobby, of uploading my materials and sharing them with the world, the rumor of what I did spread and got to many people, who generously donated their own collections, or just old VCR cassettes for the noble cause.


“I was overwhelmed with the number of responses I got.” Guy Alon

“I started my journey with a small, beautiful clip sang by Netan’ela — one of my favorites singers,” recalls Alon.

I uploaded it on August 2006, to share with some of my friends, and was overwhelmed with the huge number of responses I got, from within Israel, and Jewish people worldwide, asking for more materials from the good old Israeli music. Since then I decided to slowly share my collection with everyone, with a goal to upload one new clip every day, a task I am proud to say that I managed to achieve. Today, my YouTube channel has more than 2000 clips that I uploaded, and is one of the most popular private YouTube channels in Israel.

And how about personal favorites? “My favorite artist is Matti Caspi,” Alon says.

I think he is a true musical genius. One that if was born in another country would have become one of the most succesful artist in the world. His music is so rich and deep that I can never get enough of it. Another artist I love to hear is Idan Raichel. He is a very talented musician, with original material of his own. He is also seems to be a very nice and modest person.


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  1. adeefeinstein says

    Guy Alon’s channel serves two equally important missions: Ostensibly, for those of us who came of age in Israel during the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties he is offering-up an almost-daily vista into the soundtrack of our formative years, in a country where popular music straddles the line between Literature, Poetry, History, and Pop Culture. Many of the songs presented are touchstones of an era long-gone, that of young, innocent, idealistic, non-cynical Israel, and all the good that it stood for.

    The other important mission is that of a cultural ambassador (or, more accurately, as we are dealing with a primarily Israeli audience, a “cultural consul”). For many of us who lead our lives far away from Israel, on either a temporary or semi-permanent basis, Guy’s YouTube channel affords us a link to a place that is still very important and much loved by us, helping us preserve and sustain that most unique, strange, and at times downright bizarre identity, that of being Israeli.

    Thank you for the recognition of Guy’s work in your publication.

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