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Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman ‘The Gangsta Rabbi’ is pure genius amidst an ocean of corporate rock tradesmen, and “Quadrophenia” stands tall as an exception to the rule…any rule…every rule. Steve’s music has no rules. Its free, it’s wild, and as such reaches and crosses, borders and boundaries that our conventional mainstream ears find difficult to comprehend or follow. The original “Quadrophenia” recorded by The Who was about that awful period between being a teenager and being a real adult. And it captured that bewildered rage and frustration that goes with that whole stage of life. Songs like ‘The Real Me’, ‘The Punk and the Godfather’ and ‘Dr Jimmy’ boil with anger; others, such as the suicidal-tinged ‘Drowned’ (for my money the best song on here and one of the most beautiful melodies songwriter Pete Townshend ever came up with), and ‘Bell Boy’, the pathos. The story follows the early years of a young man, Jimmy, growing from adolescence to nearly killing himself due to his fall into the depths of depravity in the whirlwind world of the Mods and Rockers on the south coast of England in the early sixties

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