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For fans of one of the most vocal and irreverent critical voices in rock and roll, this newly issued Bangs reader will be a boon. Serving as a companion to the 1987 collection Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, this volume is a selection of 54 pieces, some of which have been recently uncovered. In his introduction, Morthland, a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, offers a paean to Bangs, who died in 1982 of a drug overdose, describing him as the "best-known bull-in-a-china-shop... who was always dangerously loaded, who could be so insulting and malicious as well as self-destructive... who had an expansive lust for life and a sense of humor and (sometimes even, and for no apparent reason) cheerfulness to match it." Within these pages, the acerbic Bangs takes on Dylan ("Dylan merely used Civil Rights and the rest of the Movement to advance himself in the first place") and encourages the Stones in a 1973 Creem article ("I challenge those lazy, sniveling, winded mothermissers to PRODUCE"). There's plenty here to entertain music fans and inspire today's critics of rock and roll.
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Adult/High School-A collection of the rock critic's essays from 1968 to 1982. Bangs is as engaging to read today as he was in earlier years as his themes-music and musicians, and how people react to them-are timeless. His writing conveys the many layers of feeling that music can create. Some of the bands and musicians are still popular and some are still active, but even when he writes about those no longer current, he can make readers think anew about any type of music. The other great appeal of this book is the sheer quality of the writing, which connects the audience effortlessly and instantaneously with Bangs's thoughts. Those who truly love music or who enjoy good writing will appreciate this book.
Ted Westervelt, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
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When is a movie going to be done for this guy! One of the best writers in the 20th century.Published 6 months ago by chris
This is an interesting slice of life from the good old days of the 1970's. Growing up we took for granted that the Rolling Stones and Miles Davis were well over the hill, despite... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Adam T. Weber
I have loved diving in to the writings of Lester Bangs. He has such a unique writing style and a fascinating insight into the world of music. I wish he hadn't died so young. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Chelsea
It would be difficult to argue that Lester Bangs is not the most influential (and for that matter the greatest) rock critic of all time. Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by Brad Hoevel
Main Lines by Lester Bangs *****
Main Lines is the superior release from the now dead greatest rock n' roll critic to ever live Lester Bangs. Read more
Indeed while this book is essential reading for any rock fanatic it is somehow less interesting than the first tome (Psychotic reactions...). Read morePublished on October 18, 2006 by Lovblad
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed "Psychotic Reactions and Carbeurator Dung", it seemed logical that a writer as smart, funny, and insightful as Lester Bangs would certainly have... Read morePublished on April 25, 2006 by 50
Once at an allergist appointment to treat my asthma I had to use a nebulizer, a machine to help my medication get deep into my lungs. Read morePublished on June 16, 2004 by CincinnatiPOV
OK, I don't recommend getting an Anne Murrayy album...but othe than that, you get leads on some cool (and fairly obscure) Jazz, Reggae, and hardcore. Read morePublished on November 14, 2003 by Carl Slim