Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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For you longtime New York City obsessives, who remember the pre-Conde Nast Details of the 1980s, a benefit concert is planned to raise money for the mag's former columnist Stephen Saban, who is recovering from major surgery to fight pancreatic cancer.
A benefit concert of the legendary Heartbreakers rock album "L.A.M.F." will take place Tuesday, November 15, at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall (125 East 11 Street, New York). "L.A.M.F." will be performed live by members of four legendary rock bands: Clem Burke (Blondie), Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers), Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), and Wayne Kramer (MC5). There will also be special appearances by Bush Tetras, Lenny Kaye, Mudd Club legend Marilyn, and surprise guests.
Proceeds benefit the writer Stephen Saban, who is battling cancer. Tickets are $50, and may be purchased HERE or by phone at 866-468-3399. This is an 18-and-over event. L.A.M.F. is the only studio album by the band The Heartbreakers, which included Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, Walter Lure, and Billy Rath. "L.A.M.F." (which stands for “Like a Mother F******r”) was a legendary 1977 album, recorded after the Heartbreakers appeared on the Sex Pistols’ "Anarchy in the U.K." tour alongside the Pistols, the Clash, and the Buzzcocks.
The New York Times wrote about Stephen Saban's plight HERE.
Stephen Saban rose to prominence as a columnist at Details magazine during the 1980s, and was one of the most influential arbiters of the burgeoning downtown cultural scene, with his support credited by many artists, designers, musicians, and scenesters as being instrumental to their success. During a period that saw the arrival of such diverse cultura; influencers as Madonna, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Karen Finley, Saban’s columns took readers behind the scenes and introduced them to rising stars of the era. Mr. Saban later moved to Los Angeles to work with World of Wonder (producers of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" and other television programs). Now 70, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year.
Stephen Saban with Debbie Harry and Stephen Sprouse
A cover story by Stephen Saban about Emo Philips for the original Details.
This spit-take worthy lede -- some people pay MEN for sex? you're kidding! -- reminded me of my former colleague at The New York Times named Lynn, who got Scotty Bowers' "Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars" before I did, so read it and gave me the LynnsNotes version of the book. Her takeaway
That 75 percent of was probably accurate, but a couple things jumped out at her as not ringing true. For one, she didn't believe that Bowers procured literally hundreds of women for Katharine Hepburn, whose description sounded like a stereotypical gay man to Lynn. She also had some disbelief about Prince Edward (gay or bi) and Wallis Simpson. But the thing that she just KNEW was not true -- and nearly discredited Bowers entirely -- was that he claimed men used to pay good money to BLOW other men. (!) We set her, um, straight.
Breakfast cereal is already my weakness, but now they're gonna throw Girl Scout cookies into the mix? Get ready for my new show on TLC: #My600PoundLife
Feels wrong that Steve Strange and now Pete Burns are gone just as Marilyn is launching a comeback with the help of Boy George. Has anyone checked in on Jeremy Healy lately?