Happy Birthday to Steve Lieberman – born June 21, 1958!
Steve Lieberman (born 21 June 1958), also known as the Gangsta Rabbi (Hebrew name ליב פרץ בין אליאזר ה־בדלן ה־נזדי or Lev Ava’ran bar-Eli’ezar ha-Bad’lan ha-Naz’ari) is a Jewish-American punk rock /metal singer, multi-instrumental musician, composer, producer and government comptroller residing in Freeport, New York.
Considered an outsider musician, “walking the line between insanity and genius [sic]”, partially attributed to his lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder, which first struck him in 1970 at the age of 11 and his six-year fight with leukemia in his later years, which has recently turned terminal. , He commercially released 30 CDs as well as 38 cassette albums in the underground using the Bop Bop Bigger Bab’eL moniker and later reissued as “Bop Bop Bigger Bab-‘eL featuring Steve Lieberman”. On all his releases, Lieberman sang and played all instruments. In addition to guitar, bass and beats, he added flutes, various brass instruments and a variety of Eastern instruments. In his later years, he added and arranged trombones in an effort to fuse punk-rock with marching band music and elemental jazz, by combining these elements creating a more powerful sound, which he did beginning with his 24th CD, 2015’s Blast-O-Rama. As his condition worsened, he produced each subsequent album to be heavier by adding more instrumentation and distortion to symbolize his on-going fight with the cancer and strength gained from the music and his faith.