By Lester Bangs

ISBN-10: 0804150168

ISBN-13: 9780804150163

The wild and marvelous writings of Lester Bangs—the so much outrageous and renowned rock critic of the 1970s—edited and with an creation via the reigning dean of rack critics, Greil Marcus. Essays study rock performers and bands together with David Bowie, Lou Reed, Chicago, the conflict, James Taylor, and Iggy Pop.

Before his dying elderly 33 in 1982, Lester Bangs wrote stressed, passionate items on Barry White, Iggy Pop, The conflict, John Lennon, Lou Reed: 'I regularly desired to emulate the main self-destructive bastard i'll see, so long as he moved with a few feel of fashion. hence Lou Reed'. To his journalism, he introduced the expertise of an excellent fiction author. As Greil Marcus writes in his creation: 'What this e-book calls for from a reader is a willingness to just accept that the easiest author in the US may possibly write nearly not anything yet list stories'

Until his demise in 1982 at age 34, Bangs wrote freewheeling rock 'n' roll items for Creem, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice and London's NME (New Musical exhibit. As a rock critic, he used to be adept at distinguishing the commercially packaged product from the genuine factor. Written in a conversational, wisecracking, erotically charged kind, his impudent experiences and essays discover the connections among rock and the physique politic, the best way rock stars cow their audiences and the way the pursuit of luck and inventive imaginative and prescient destroys or makes rock performers as people. This assortment (which comprises no Rolling Stone items) covers "fake moneybags progressive" Mick Jagger, John Lennon ("I cannot mourn him"), David Bowie "in Afro-Anglican drag," Iggy Pop, the Troggs, Lou Reed, Van Morrison, Chicago, the conflict, many extra. Marcus, a track critic, is the writer of poser teach: photos of the United States in Rock 'n' Roll Music.

For rockers whose tastes call for greater than Madonna and who be mindful again earlier than Bruce, this can be a gem. by way of turns insightful and hilarious, those accrued essays through the past due, mythical Banks (mostly amassed from hard-to-come-by journals like Creem ) always astound. in the event that your brain can embody a shrewdly perceptive essay at the Troggs with the identify "James Taylor Marked for Death," you furthermore may should learn the identify essay at the count number Five's first album, a few amazingly adversarial love/hate interviews with Lou Reed, etc. upload to all this a whacked-out sprung prose variety (and vocabulary) that will make Gerard Manley Hopkins gasp for air, and you've got well.....?. For greater track collections, this can be, like, hugely advised.

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John Morthland and Billy Altman are Lester’s literary executors; along with RJ Smith and Georgia Christgau, they went through Lester’s piles and files and catalogued them. John Morthland did most of the work, indexing, collating pages from all the corners of Lester’s rooms and all the years of his writing life; he is the conscience of this book. Ed Ward spent a week with me sifting through a footlocker full of manuscripts and clippings, making initial selections, beginning preliminary edits. I could not have started without his help.

John Morthland and Billy Altman are Lester’s literary executors; along with RJ Smith and Georgia Christgau, they went through Lester’s piles and files and catalogued them. John Morthland did most of the work, indexing, collating pages from all the corners of Lester’s rooms and all the years of his writing life; he is the conscience of this book. Ed Ward spent a week with me sifting through a footlocker full of manuscripts and clippings, making initial selections, beginning preliminary edits. I could not have started without his help.

The name of the store where he sold women’s casuals was Streicher’s Shoes, Mission Valley Shopping Center; his album was released in 1981 on the Live Wire label, credited to Lester Bangs and the Delinquents, under the title Juke Savages on the Brazos, though he also thought of calling it “Jehovah’s Witness,” after the faith his mother embraced following the death of his father in 1955. ” The fact of death also provokes idle speculation: of all the details he might have included in a one-paragraph autobiography, why did Lester mention that El Cajon means “The Box”?

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