I’m not embarrassed to say — and hardly alone, I suspect – that my first meaningful encounter with Lou Reed was via Lester Bangs. I had heard of Reed before then, was familiar with “Walk on the Wild Side,” which I thought was just a slightly more offbeat radio song than the dozens of offbeat radio songs then dominating the airwaves (though something or someone … Continue reading Lou Reed
“I’m so sick of writing good stuff that never ends up getting published.” Once in a while my Tumblr feed does its job. Continue reading To Miriam from Lester
So of course I always thought Talking Heads were about the individual human units (ha!—and fuck you, Fripp) response to cybernation, depersonalization, the effect of corporate consciousness on individual identity, all those great contemporary questions nobody can seem to come up with any real or workable answers for. Richard Hell was about the same thing on a darker, more hermetically selfenclosed/obsessed/possessed level, in fact the … Continue reading “Fear of Everything”
Richard Riegel, in a Rock’s Backpages post about A Box Full of Rocks, the Lester Bangs movie I mentioned a while back (it’s directed by Raul Sandelin), notes that the movie is actually a Kickstarter project, something I wasn’t aware of. More info about how you can contribute (and why you might want to) here. Contributions have been slow, and there’s only a few weeks … Continue reading Bangs Bio on Kickstarter
Apparently (who knew?), the Vancouver Sun ran Bangs’s John Lennon obituary on December 13, 1980. That’s not available online, but fortunately for us, the Dec. 23 issue is available, and it contains a few responses to Bangs’s piece from readers. Continue reading “Who the hell is Lester Bangs?”
“You’ve seen him depicted in the Academy Award winning film Almost Famous. Maybe you’ve read him in Rolling Stone or Creem magazine. Now, see where it all began — El Cajon, California. A Box Full of Rocks: The El Cajon Years of Lester Bangs is a new documentary by Grossmont College instructor Raul Sandelin. The film chronicles the childhood years of famed music journalist Lester … Continue reading A Box Full of Rocks
“The writers [Creem] propelled to stardom — Lester Bangs, Dave Marsh, and Nick Tosches being three of the most celebrated — explored rock with a bombast that was smart but anti-intellectual, ‘amateurist and faux lowbrow,’ positioning themselves between the studious class of New York writers and the deference that came out of San Francisco.” “If Goldstein represented the quandary of what critical practise should be … Continue reading Was Creem a Bastion of Anti-intellectualism?