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Vintage presents the paperback edition of the wild and brilliant writings of Lester Bangs–the most outrageous and popular rock critic of the s–edited. From the Inside Flap. ents the paperback edition of the wild and brilliant writings of Lester Bangs–the most outrageous and popular rock critic of the. Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung Five Star: : Lester Bangs, Greil Marcus: Books.

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Of course Bangs always had issues with whatever publication he wrote for, and he was in trouble all the time for the things he wrote. I still don’t get it. The problem with opinionated writing is that people reading it will dismiss it based on the irrelevant fact of whether or not they agree with said opinion. Lester Bangs was obviously influenced by Kerouac, not only in style but in drug choice, popping bennies and pouring his thoughts into the typewriter as fast as he could type.

Lester Bangs, like Howard Hampton and Luc Sante, takes reviews of media and injects humor, crass, honesty, and a glimpse into his personality. His book was not meant to define a legacy, which is what this book has to do. But this book is not a record of what Lester Bangs wrote: Reactkons Work of a Legendary Critic: The fact that he bangw heroes makes him different from 99 per cent of critics.


I was his first editor, at Rolling Stone in ; after he left California for Detroit and New York, we saw one another half a dozen times, talked on the phone twice as often, corresponded twice more than that. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I took the dare plenty of times, but never until I finished his piece!

If you like leser of these bands you owe it to yourself to read him. Especially in his Village Voice pieces, which are more heavily edited. Email Address never made public. That is exactly how I would describe Bangs’ writing style: In a way, he kind of dared you to stop reading his little essay and go out and buy the record…. Return to Book Page.

His stuff is meant to be read in its entire. He is at times self-indulgent, borderline racist, vulgar, and obscene; at other times he is self-aware, sympathetic, empathetic, prescient, and insightful.

Dun have discovered so many new things because he wrote about them. It helps that he loves the Stooges, Velvet Underground, and music that others write off as abrasive.

Moralism in the very best sense—the attempt to understand what is important, and to communicate that understanding to others in a form that somehow obligates the reader as much as it entertains—surfaced at the end of his tenure at Creemand found a field in New York at the Village Voice. See 1 question about Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung….

This was not in any way shape or form posterity-building career-building platforms. Fill in your pyschotic below or click an icon to log in: I love this book Van Morrison is interested, obsessed with how much musical or verbal information he can compress into a small space, and, almost conversely, how far he can spread one note, word, sound, or picture.

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Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

It is not a summary, or a representative selection, but an attempt to make a picture of a psychootic creating a view of the world, practicing it, facing its consequences, and trying to move on. It omits most of the three million, four million, five million words that were collected for the preparation of this book.

I picked up to read it, though, because I never understood the cwrburetor to the Velvets, Lou Reed, Iggy, the Ramones and then punk that current critical opinion takes to be the good important stuff in rock from the late 70s to the mid 80s.

He doubled back on himself again and again. And a fantastic writer too, by the way. I wish I could have met Lester Bangs.

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dunv Proudly powered by WordPress. Sep 12, Djll rated it it was amazing Shelves: Without it, there was no Lester. That the story was cut off does not make it less of a story; it does not make it an impoverished tale.

Explains why he thinks a way about some subject, so even if you feel otherwise, you can still see where he’s coming from I was the best. Notify me of new posts via email.