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Today Is April 8th -rock nyc’s Ten Year Anniversary

I would like to take some pride, any pride, in ten years of rock nyc. But in all sincerity, I don’t. I take pride in the great people I’ve met and worked with, my ex Helen Bach, my partner in rock nyc, co-owner SohoJohnny Pasquale, LA Bureau Chief, Alyson Camus, True Groove CEO Tomas Doncker’. I certainly take pride in publishing Steve Crawford’s exercises in historic revisionisms. But me?  Not so much.

It feels as though rock nyc, much like my life, is an irrelevant and also irreverent waste of time. Readership is minimal, influence non existence, so is money, It isn’t even about perseverance as a means to an end, it is much more about opinion without favor. rock nyc is down to just writing whatever you think and not much worrying. And it is also, more than anything else, even music, about writing every single day, for hours.  Self-expression, typos included, is where we’re at.

So no pride, a lot of fun, good friends, the aging system writ large, and writing.

I will be 72 at our 20th Anniversary…

PS: the picture was our first logo…



Iman Lababedi


  1. Helen Bach on April 8, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Congratulations! What a fabulous milestone with so many incredible memories. Some good- some bad some completely baffling
    This site not only allowed me to know and love its editor in chief but actually provided a vehicle for my only kid to nurture her love of writing. “Mary Magpie” interviewed and reviewed the emo-est of the emo at the young age of 12 until her retirement at age 18. Me? I got to learn that not every sentence requires thirteen commas and that … is three dots.. not ………………….
    This site has the heart and soul of the old school punk rock ‘zine. No profit was made on those zines back in the day, but the writers and the sketchers and the hangers on had a vehicle for their words and thoughts. This digital zine won’t be discarded in a landfill- it will be here forever. Thanks to technology no one will ever forget that no one really cares what the bass players name is.
    Cheers rocknyc xo

  2. Elle Smith on April 8, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    You’ve been such an inspiration to me. Your openness to new music is refreshing across this landscape of grumpy old music critics.
    When I was floundering around on Facebook with my Midwest Diary blog, you encouraged me to write more. That changed everything, Iman.
    It changed my life. From that bit of encouragement, I made other positive steps in my life and now I live in New York.
    I guess we never really know how we resonate in this world. That encouragement, at a time when I needed it, allowed me to spread my wings in all new directions.

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