Collected work of Lester Bangs, the passionate, brilliant, and inspirational writer, who was immortalised in the film Almost Famous
Psychotic Reactions collects Lester Bangs' most wired, passionate writing on legendary figures in music history, including Barry White, Iggy Pop, The Clash, John Lennon, and Lou Reed: 'I always wanted to emulate the most self-destructive bastard I could see, as long as he moved with some sense of style. Thus Lou Reed.'
To his writing he brought the talents of a great novelist and became one of the most celebrated writers in the history of music journalism. Immersed in the rock 'n' roll lifestyle about which he wrote, Bangs died tragically young in 1982 at the age of 33.
'Pure Bangs in full effect ... [He] wasn't the greatest ever rock critic because he split away, way beyond rock criticism. These are the places he went.' Uncut
'A superb collection ... Wild and funny and unpredictable. Lester Bangs was a great American writer who happened to write about rock 'n' roll.' Rolling Stone
'Bangs was one of the best writers ever to appear on newsprint ... When he died American culture lost one of its most astute, ornery, funniest and most soulful observers.' New York Times
'One of the most significant books ever written about music. 10/10.' Loaded
'A swaggering, scary, defiant, superhuman piece of writing.' Q
'A marvellous collection ... It will unquestionably teach you more about rock music and the appreciation thereof than a two-year subscription to all of the current British rock papers and mags.' Time Out
'Bangs created a grand philosophical gesture from the dynamics of fandom.' Wire
'One of life's great gurus.' Julian Cope
Lester Bangs started his career in music journalism as a record reviewer for Rolling Stone. He went on to write for and then edit the magazine Creem, before moving to New York and covering the burgeoning punk scene, writing in daily newspapers and the Village Voice.
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