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Journalist and veteran rock critic Kobi Or passed away at the age of 75 - voila! culture


Kobi Or, whom many saw as a rock poet and rock philosopher, published for years a music-related magazine called Hamor. He was an inspiration to many musicians and journalists, such as Yossi Babliki

Music journalist and veteran rock critic Kobi Or passed away today at the age of 75.

He was born as Jacob Orenstein in Ramat Gan and lived there until his death.

Since the late seventies he has written about alternative rock in Israel and influenced many musicians.

For decades he published an independent music magazine called "Khamor" which he wrote and edited.

"Khamor" is distributed for free in record stores, and the first to report on his special writing was Yoav Kutner in 1982.

In the 1980s, Kobi Or published his articles in the newspaper "Hadhot", in the local "Kalvo" in Haifa and in the local "Zeman Tel Aviv".

Or was an important source of inspiration for a number of rock creators, writers and journalists such as Yossi Babliki, Boaz Cohen, Ehad Fishoff, Gilad Kahana and Uzi Weil.

The Jerusalem Hat Bearers band that was established in the mid-1980s was originally called "Kobi Or's Hat Bearers" as a tribute to him.

Many saw Kobe Or as a rock poet and a rock philosopher.

Kobi Or (Photo: Creative Commons)

Journalist Dror Foyer paid tribute to him on Twitter: "Sad. There was never, and from now on, there probably won't be anyone who writes as strange and exposed and painful and innocent as Kobi Or. I loved the guy and life would be more boring without his newsletter. Rock and roll now has one less jealous lover. May his soul be in a bundle of cables for guitars".

His friend, the journalist and presenter Boaz Cohen, wrote: "Several times, over the years, I tried to publish a book of his ingenious, unusual, strange, undeciphered, influential writings. Each time he rejected me. No, no, no. Kobi Or lives and dies on the margins The fringes of Israeli culture, but he was a real spiritual giant."

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Source: walla

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