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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Jan 24, Frederick rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Some really choice word pairings and phrases.

Lester Bangs sta alla musica come Lenny Bruce alla satira Of courselike many others before me, I fell for the tall tales in his essay that the collection is named after, actually trying to look for other Count Five records even psychotif I already knew the band and was pretty caruretor before that they didn’t leave anything but a few morsels that barely made up a single album.

Thus by the time he moved to New York—to find a burgeoning punk scene that seemed on the verge of fulfilling dnug his hopes and jeremiads—he was a man to be lionized: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Mi piace tout court, pane al pane vino al vino. The fact of his death demands that any bio be more specific: He dun Alcoholics Anonymous; he had work to do. Bill Holdship collected, copied, and indexed everything Lester wrote for Creemdown to the last reply to the last reader. They’re all over Astral Weeks: This site uses cookies. Trivia About Psychotic Reactio In he quit Creem to move to New York City and freelance. Lester Bangs was born in Escondido, California, in And another chance reactjons me to write.

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He pulls no punches but he takes punches like a pro. Why would he be looking to posterity? In his introduction, Marcus explains that, “Perhaps what this book demands from a reader is dng willingness to accept that the best writer in America could write almost nothing but record reviews.

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Except unfortunately I don’t so a lot of the book that is readable is largely lost on me. Just a moment while we carburetorr you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Later, Michael Goodwin and Joan Goodwin aided with final choices. December 9, at 9: Bits I was disturbed by he redeemed him by addressing later, and so it’s good to see his evolution.

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To view it, click here. It’s frustrating to read. In his last year, he had cleaned up; hardly any drugs, little more than a beer, which often brought on a paroxysm of self-hate.

Books by Lester Bangs. He went to an interview ready to provoke whatever band was in town; whatever band was in town tried to provoke him. Only very few are online http: His drunken shenanigans were legendary he wrote about all of this himselfand his hangovers were crushing.

If you enjoy Bangs’ work generally, you’ll probably end up getting more out of this than I did. If only Bangs had survived to the internet era, he would have had the single most entertaining Lester Bangs was certainly an entertaining, great writer and I love his gonzo style.

I picked up to read it, though, because I never understood the turn 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. Like I said, this is a huge error.

Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

There’s a great article on Elvis’ death among others, but if you’re looking for criticism, staaay awaaaay. 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. Too young, perhaps, to thrill to what was coming out of Memphis in the mids, but that was the landscape of music he grew up in. Proudly powered by WordPress. If you are going to dismiss him, you had better have a good counter-argument, in other words.


Best Actress Fully Realized: Most critics champion someone or other. The same is true of Tom Paine, a controversial figure, or Edmund Burke, or any of these other cantankerous talented rabble-rousers. In Detroit he published mostly first drafts, hewing to the Beat line of automatic inspiration; in New York he began to work more slowly, writing a piece again and again, chasing a theme through five, ten times its publishable length, then cutting back or starting over.

This book is my version of the work Lester Bangs left behind. There aren’t too many writers that could just let it rip, turning out pages and pages or free associating brilliance.

Faced with an artist whose work he loved and respected, Lester often wrote poorly, passively: It seems condescending, both to the reader and to the writing; it pains me that Lester found it necessary to tout his work on the basis of its influence, real and even overwhelming as that influence was, rather than on the basis of its value. Quotes from Psychotic Reactio Here then, are the passions of all my passions combined. What this is about is a whole set of verbal tics—although many are bodily as well—which are there for a reason enough to go a long way toward defining his style.