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ROCK JOURNALIST LISA ROBINSON AND AUTHOR FRAN LEIBOWITZ CHARM 92Y AUDIENCE

Robinson and Leibowitz sharing a laugh at the 92Y in New York City.
Robinson and Leibowitz sharing a laugh at the 92Y in New York City.
ROBINSON AND LEIBOWITZ SHARING A LAUGH AT 92 Y. PHOTO BY ELLIOT STEPHEN COHEN. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

BY ELLIOT STEPHEN COHEN

Thursday evening, Manhattan's 92Y hosted two literary ladies swapping tales of their 40-year friendship and of rubbing elbows with rock royalty like David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Lou Reed.

Ms. Robinson was promoting of her new autobiography, "There Goes Gravity," with Leibowitz doing double duty as interviewer and straight man.

Shortly into the event, we discover that the two met in 1974, at the shiva (a Jewish mourning service) of Robinson's friend and colleague, legendary music writer Lillian Roxan. "There was a job opening for a friend," Leibowitz deadpanned the crowd. "I applied and got it!"

We also soon find out that Robinson's all-time favorite rock band is the early 1970s version of The New York Dolls whose lead singer, David Johansen, she also considers the best rock performer ever. Leibowitz humorously added how she drove the Dolls to their first paid job in a rented van.

Robinson's journalistic career took off in the early ‘70s. She became a writer for both Creem magazine and the British weekly music paper New Musical Express. During this time she toured with The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, chronicling their exploits from an insider's perspective. She currently serves as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, a position she has held for the past ten years.

Questioned for her least favorite interview subject, from literally thousands of past ones, she singles out Madonna as having "no talent at all." She also described her interview with Paul McCartney to be less than lively and insightful.

While not picking one favorite interviewee, it became obvious that she holds great affection for Rolling Stone Keith Richards, whose name came up several times during the evening. Among more current admired music stars, she lists Eminem, Kanye West and the late rapper Proof.

After the talk, Ms. Robinson stayed to sign books and talk with admirers.