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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb and full of surprises as Lester's life was., 4 Jan 2001
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Jacques BALL (PARIS , France) - See all my reviews
This is a fan's book though it is not a hagiography of St Lester. DeRogatis had met Lester shortly before his death and met his friends, relatives, acquaintances , fellow rock-critics. The first surprise is that Lester had a sad life from his very youth, struggling against his mother dedication to the Jehovas witnesses and the symbolic death of his father. We see Lester trying to become an artist, failing to write the novel he was dreaming of, achieving nevertheless to turn rock criticism in modern litterature. The author manages to recreate quite vividly the atmosphere of the legendary Creem mag offices, then when Lester moves to NYC the CBGB attitude is all there. And Lester through the years loved by women and not able to decipher true love, trying to become a rock musician when he was a star on his own is wasting his life in front of us thanks to booze and substances... This book is like some modern version of an antique greek tragedy and this suits well Lester Bangs, who was a true modern writer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic read, but not just for fans, 16 Mar 2001
Anyone who has a love of music should read this book. It has to be the most thoroughly researched biography I have ever read. It brings both the subject matter, and the times to life. Bangs was certainly an interesting character and reading this makes me want to re-read psychotic reactions and carburetor dung. Tremendously well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BIG BANGS, 1 Mar 2002
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs (Paperback)
This brilliant biography of Lester Bangs captures the essence of the man and
what he was about with great clarity. DeRogatis writes with passion (I mean,
he makes Lester's passionate sense of life come alive) and unlocks great
swathes of rock culture and rock literature that I had not been aware of. It
pleases me to know that Bangs was a kind person with integrity. The
afterword covers his legacy in the work of music writers, in the lyrics of
other artists, in his musical influence on certain alt-country bands, and in
the book "Psychotic Reactions," a compilation of his work by Greil Marcus.
The appendices include Lester's "How To Be A Rock Critic" and some of his
lyrics, and the book provides copious notes, sources and a wonderful
bibliography of Bangs' articles, reviews, books, contributions to
anthologies and encyclopedias, letters and recordings, plus articles about
him by other authors. It is well-illustrated throughout. Let It Blurt is a
classic, both as a fascinating life story and history of rock criticism, and
as a valuable reference source to Bangs' work.
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