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Lester Bangs was one of Rock-n-Roll’s greatest chroniclers but I found this collection of writing a bit heavy and meandering. Probably good for hard carburetir Bangs fans, I guess I just can’t sign up for that club.
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Leater, this was good! I had only read a few articles ledter Laster Bangs when I picked this up at my local. I am so completely blown away by how Bangs spoke reactoons music. This man was a huge music fan.
His writing stinks to high heaven of his love and respect for music, of how much music moved him. What strikes me most about this collection is that you can see Bangs sort of growing up as his writing goes on. He put so much of himself into his work that his articles act as testaments to where he was at when he wrote them. He pulls no punches but he takes punches like a pro. I wish I could have met Lester Bangs.
Thinking about the conversations you could have with this guy about music makes me giddy. Calling Bangs a music critic is like calling Stradivarius a violin maker.
Bangs is to music critics what Gary Oldman is to actors or Jimi Hendrix to guitarists. You find out more about yourself from his writing than you do about the subjects he writes about. He came from a long line of no talent hacks and inspired a long line of no talent hacks but his writing is right there, bold and beautiful, a shining example of how to do it right!
Not only this isn’t what I expected at all, but this is barely criticism. These are long, chaotic tirades about drugs, the music industry and sometimes there is a cool story about a musician inserted in there like when Iggy Pop picked fights at his own show, but otherwise. This is very lean on interesting material. Bangs even brags about not saying whether or not Lou Reed’s album Metal Machine Music is good in a 5, words column.
It’s frustrating to read. People shouldn’t use Not my jam. People shouldn’t use the term “gonzo” to conceal terrible writing. There are some interesting writing. Especially in his Village Voice pieces, which are more heavily edited. There’s a great article on Elvis’ death among others, but if you’re looking for criticism, staaay awaaaay.
Nov 03, matt. Lester Bangs is the only rock critic whom musicians truly accepted as one of their lesger. He lived like them and he died like them, overdosing on pills at age Most importantly, he wrote as they played.
His wildly energetic prose reads unlike any other sung writer, much less a music critic: Words seemed to spill straight from his brain onto the page in the wonderful cacophony of an Ornette Coleman sax solo or a Captain Beefheart tune. A highlight of the collection: Feb 07, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: Lester Bangs, like Howard Hampton and Luc Sante, takes reviews of media and injects humor, crass, honesty, and a glimpse into his personality.
Bangs is likeable because he’s a smart asshole, but there’s no shortage reactiohs self-deprecation in his anv.
I also like his writing style because it often contains the same sentiments as a first album: It helps that he loves the Stooges, Velvet Underground, and music Lester Bangs, like Howard Hampton and Luc Sante, takes reviews of media and injects humor, crass, honesty, and a glimpse into his lesfer.
It helps that he loves the Stooges, Velvet Underground, and music that others write off as abrasive. I don’t agree with all of caarburetor stances, but there’s always enjoyment to be found in the essay.
With all of this praise, there are a couple significant missteps: The excerpt from his “novel” Maggie May, is atrocious and the essay about racism in the New Wave scene comes across as ignorant and self-congratulating even though he puts his own racism on display.
However, even these pieces have some merit is providing a comprehensive representation of Bangs’ work, and you have to love how he always seems on the search for something meaningful. Aug 20, Merry Mercurial rated it it was amazing. I had a great-aunt who once told me that rutabagas were something one either hated or loved, so when Carbretor finally tried rutabagas and found them just okay, I thought either there was something off with me or I was a special breed—able to feel neutrally about this thing men had come to blows over.
In the years afterward, though, I would meet very few people who expressed a damn one way or another about rutabagas, leading me to conclude it was more a matter of my great-aunt hating or loving them and, I had a great-aunt who once told me that rutabagas anv something one either hated or loved, so when I finally carburetoor rutabagas and found them just okay, I thought either there was reactioons off with me or I was a special breed—able to feel neutrally about this thing men had come to blows over.
In the years afterward, though, I would meet very few people who expressed a damn one way or another about rutabagas, leading me to conclude it was more a matter of my great-aunt hating or loving them and, from that, envisioning a nation divided into enemies and patriots of the rutabaga.
There may be psychotci people out there who feel neutrally about Lester Bangs. It is not technically pscyhotic.
But he emerges from a vintage class of writers I personally feel zero neutrality about but in fact alternate between loving way too hard and wanting to punch in the face. Jul 20, Jeff rated it really liked it. Boy am I glad I did. Carbureetor leaves no question as to what acts he is passionate about and while I don’t always share his lesrer I found the dichotomy of his prose equal parts acerbic wit and dazed ramblings thoroughly enjoyable. Bangs is no mere Music Critic. He opens the floodgates through his articles and shines a light on culture by not only focusing the lens on the artists but on himself as well.
Apr 19, Craven added it.
More importantly, it seems to me that there is a war on today which goes far beyond the-rest-of-society vs. Lester Bangs wasn’t a genius. He wasn’t the best rock writer alive. He didn’t always “speak the rhythms of rock ‘n’ roll”. His writing is dated. His run-on sentences weren’t original.
His run on sentences were, irritating, manic, super hard to More importantly, it seems to me that there is a war on today which goes far beyond the-rest-of-society vs. His run on sentences were, irritating, manic, super hard to follow and took this reader out of the story all the time. He stole reactioms much from The Beats. He was another swinging dick, aggressive male. He didn’t even always have good taste in music.
On the other hand, Bangs was passionate. He wrote like a zine writer, a mad, unconfined voice that refused to follow any conventions. Far be it from me to say his writing suffered for it.
His writing suffered for it. He was just about always lestrr even if his way of expressing it was, self-consciously raving and steamrolling with machismo. Finally, after frustratedly powering through Psychotic Reactions, I found the arc of Bangs writing bent toward a kindness and humanness that was deeply moving and warm, I’m way better off for having read it.
Mar 11, Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: He wrote about the world, about society and relationships, about politics and history, about race and ethnicity, about sex and psgchotic … Music, and his love for it, was just the soundtrack, the backdrop, to which he set his words. That the story was cut off means that the story is painful. At least we still have his words, immortal and timeless, and perhaps now more necessary than ever.
Ever year or so I return to this collection, primarily to re-read the Andd Strand-walk of a rock record review that is Bangs’ exegesis of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. It reminds me that criticism can be worthwhile, and that music is supposed to mean something.
Bangs believed Astral Weeks to be a metaphysical Testament.