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Iman Lababedi

Iman Lababedi

In 1975, Iman Lababedi left a wild Civil War in Lebanon for the place of his birth, Manchester, England, just in time for punk pock. And his life was changed forever. Within four years he was living in New York City, editing the music pages of the East Village Eye, writing for the Village Voice and a contributing writer at Creem, (as well as for any one who would pay him and many who wouldn't). He then bought New York Rocker and ran it into bankruptsy within six months (a long story). In 1989, he changed careers and became an advertising rep, which he stills does. During all those years, he never stopped writing, seven full-length novels, and 100s of short stories. In 2007, he wrote his final novel, a supernatural story that takes place after death and also after a devastating end of a romantic relationship. In 2009 he started a music blog, rocknycliveandrecorded.com, which he now co-edits and has a staff of contributors, the youngest of whom was 12 years old when she started writing for it. Iman Lababedi hates typos and calls them neo-logisms.

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Altered Images: Clare Grogan's Altered Images: Thank Heaven For Little Girls

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, January 1983

"I just wanted to get to know her, really. She was just kind of fascinating."— Director Bill Forsyth, explaining why he cast Clare Grogan in ...

Bananarama: These Charming Girls

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, December 1986

"Who steals my purse steals trash, 'tis something, nothing; 'twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands. But he who filches from me ...

The Bangles: Bangles For Sale

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, June 1985

AT THE CBS building in Manhattan guitarist Susanna Hoffs (all black tights and mini-skirt) explains the Bangles' modus operandi:"It's hard to work keeping your sense of ...

The Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill

Review by Iman Lababedi, Creem, May 1987

THE MOST EXCITING white rock album since Never Mind the Bollocks has lousy politics. ...

Big Audio Dynamite: No. 10, Upping St. (Epic)

Review by Iman Lababedi, Creem, April 1987

IF BIG AUDIO Dynamite's second LP is a de facto Clash reunion, with Joe Strummer and Mick Jones co-producing and co-writing a number of songs, ...

Bright Eyes: Oh, Mercy: Bright Eyes at Radio City Music Hall, NYC

Live Review by Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, March 2011

THE LAST word we heard as we left Radio City Music Hall last night, was "Mercy", repeated twice – once by Conor Oberst and once ...

The Clash: Heart & Mind: The Paul Simonon Interview

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, May 1981

WHATEVER YOU think of the Clash — and I haven't much cared for them since 'White Man In Hammersmith Palais' — a couple of things ...

Elvis Costello: Growing Up Angry

Profile by Iman Lababedi, Creem, July 1983

"I'd like to be a funeral director..." — Elvis Costello, 1980 ...

Elvis Costello: The Palladium, New York

Live Review by Iman Lababedi, Creem, December 1982

IT HAD been 10 months since I last saw Elvis Costello; in between I'd watched him play footsie with Tom Snyder, straight man to George ...

Marshall Crenshaw's True Pop Ways

Profile and Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, September 1982

"I don't try to hang anybody up or get anybody over-involved in my hang-ups. I don't try to bore people with my problems. The main ...

The Cure: Race and Gender: Thisism, Thatism

Comment by Iman Lababedi, Creem, February 1988

IN 1981 I interviewed the Cure for CREEM. That was three years after they'd released their paean to Albert Camus's superb existentialist novel, The Stranger. ...

August Darnell, Kid Creole & The Coconuts: August Darnell Gets Even With Everybody (For Forcing Him To Make Race Music & Other Sins)

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, December 1982

ON A hot Wednesday evening I'm playing flick-yer-bic with the dial on my television, you know: flick — Three's Company — flick — Masterpiece Theatre ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds: The Fabulous Thunderbirds: They're Tearing It Up Again!

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, July 1983

THIS IS WHAT we call the irresponsible rock crit at his worst, enjoying the company of the band he's talking to so much he doesn't ...

Lita Ford: From Runaway To Metal Goddess: Lita Ford's Got BLOOD If You Want It!

Profile and Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, August 1983

Out Of The Blue (Stepping Out) ...

David Guetta: Nothing But the Beat

Review by Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, September 2011

IT IS NOT THAT Nothing But the Beat is substantially worse than One Love; it is worse but not substantially. It is that it is a stylistic dead ...

Richard Hell: To Hell With Destiny

Interview by Iman Lababedi, East Village Eye, The, August 1982

A TRIP down destiny street can take place any time. ...

The Jam, The Smiths: The Smiths and The Jam: The Great English Rock Group

Comment by Iman Lababedi, Creem, March 1988

THE SMITHS broke up recently. No need for tears. The Smiths were a fine band, sure, but I doubt they made your life — and ...

Joan Jett Is A Very Nice Girl

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, June 1982

The Public's Vindication of an Ex-Runaway ...

Grace Jones: Are You Ready For A Brand New (Disco) Beat?

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, April 1983

IF I WAS writing in Australia for Tie Yer Kangaroo Down rock mag, or in Germany for Ach Tung – Der March Goes On, or ...

Katrina and the Waves: Katrina & The Waves: Doing Swimmingly

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, October 1985

ONE OF THE real pleasures in chronicling the popular music business is in watching the heady excess of overnight stardom. For instance, in the Christmas ...

Killing Joke: The Killing Joke Goes On (Forever)

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, March 1983

NEW YORK—During the summer of '81, I wrote a review of London band Killing Joke's second album What's This For...! for the Village Voice; in ...

LCD Soundsystem: Madison Square Garden

Live Review by Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, April 2011

JAMES MURPHY is Irish, so why not a wake? Following his decision to kill off the LCD Soundsystem franchise, lead singer Murphy announced a last hurrah ...

Madonna: Yankee Stadium, Bronx NY

Live Review by Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, September 2012

AT THE MIDWAY point of Madonna's lousy Yankee Stadium set Thursday night, she hectors the exhausted audience like a shrewish old maid, on the use ...

Megadeth: Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, January 2012

DAVE MUSTAINE made a fan out of me with two actions. Neither musical. ...

Olivia Newton John: Physical (MCA)

Review by Iman Lababedi, Creem, May 1982

I CAME TO Physical with an open mind. I thought the single was her best since the Travolta duet and I enjoyed about a quarter ...

One Direction: Midnight Memories

Review by Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, November 2013

IF NIALL HORAN, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, referred to as One Direction, had thought it through, they would have cut at ...

The Pretenders: Pretenders Progress Report: Chambers on the Chaingang

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, June 1983

SENSIBLE. THAT'S the word for Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers. Playing everything from progressive rock to proto-pub-rock professionally since 1967, he's a stolid albeit logical player ...

Lana Del Rey: Ultraviolence (Interscope)

Review by Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, June 2014

SOMETIMES OTHER writers do your work for you and Caryn Ganz's  (former editor at Spin) excellent Rolling Stone review of Lana Del Rey's sophomore effort ...

Rihanna: Talk That Talk

Review by Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, November 2011

RATED R FOUND THE Barbadian well pissed at Chris Brown and out for revenge to disappointing results. Loud seemed to find the middle ground behind the bucolic Rated ...

Romeo Void: It's A Condition (415 Records)

Review by Iman Lababedi, Creem, August 1981

IF YOU TORE Romeo Void's debut LP down to its essence, what you'd get wouldn't be a million miles away from a collection or torch ...

Spandau Ballet Want You To Dance. That's All.

Report and Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, August 1981

ON THE DAY that Bobby Sands finally starved himself to death and two hours after Spandau Ballet's first ever press conference I'm in the coffee ...

Squeeze: Access All Areas

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, September 1987

Don't Pull That Trigger ...

Sufjan Stevens: Beacon Theatre, New York NY

Live Review by Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, April 2015

THE DIFFERENCE between Rufus Wainwright's full length lament for his late mother, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, and Sufjan Stevens, Carrie And Lowell, is ...

Swedish House Mafia: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, December 2011

THE DIFFERENCE between House as the prevailing form of dance and house as a texture in modern pop is the difference between foreground and background. ...

Taylor Swift: Madison Square Garden, November 22nd, 2011

Live Review by Iman Lababedi, RockNYC, November 2011

STANDING ON A PLATFORM in the middle of the Arena, Taylor Swift looked genuinely amazed. A young girl in the cheap seats randomly began to ...

TV On The Radio: Radio City Music Hall

Live Review by Iman Lababedi, RockNYC, April 2011

THE DAY AFTER the release of their somewhere between very good and great new album, TV On The Radio took over Radio City Music hall ...

The Undertones: Brightness On The Edge Of Derry

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, February 1983

NEW YORK — A SHORT HISTORY OF DERRY, IRELAND:1688 — Britain lay siege to Derry City for 105 days.1976 — The Undertones are formed. ...

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