Lester's Legacy

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  • Bangs in wikipedia.
  • Bangs Interview from 1980; also available to purchase on cassette. (From Cousin Creep, author unknown)
  • Robert Christgau's Bangs obit.
  • Robert Quine interviewed by Jim DeRogatis about Lester Bangs (Perfect Sound Forever)
  • Lester Bangs fan and REM guitarist, Peter Buck talks big Bang theories with Peter Murphy.
  • Mentor. Editor. Lester. A Personal Appreciation by Jeffrey "Firebird" Morgan.
  • Lester Bangs, King of the Noise Boys. By David Dalton.
  • Burying Lester Bangs, Brian James, PopMatters
  • Was Lester Bangs the Best Rock Critic of the '70s? (Sasha Frere-Jones, Slate.)
  • Brian Eno: A Sandbox In Alphaville. Previously unpublished Bangs piece reprinted in Perfect Sound Forever.
  • My Black Pages. Don Waller reviews Mainlines in LA CityBEAT.
  • Lester Bangs the Gong One Last Time. (Alan Niester, Globe and Mail.)
  • The Right to Be Wrong: On the Occasion of a New Bangs Book, Richard Hell Remembers the Late, Great Rock Critic (in the Village Voice).
  • Infomercials for Myself: If There’s A Rock ‘N’ Roll Heaven, Could You Hook Me Up With A Plus-One? William Ham channels Bangs in High Hat.
  • Official Random House page for Mainlines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste. Including an excerpt.
  • Pills and Thrills: Nick Kent Remembers the Brilliant, Tortured Lester Bangs. [The Guardian.]
  • Bangsology: Jim DeRogatis Lets it Blurt, By Ken Shimamoto.
  • An entire page Let it Blurt reviews and commentary (from Jim DeRogatis's site).
  • A Final Chat With Lester Bangs. By Jim DeRogatis, in Perfect Sound Forever.
  • Busting the Cult of Lester Bangs: Rethinking the Legacy of Rock's Most Celebrated Critic. (Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone.)
  • Did Lester Bangs Die in Vain? Ira Robbins's review of Let It Blurt.
  • A review of Lester Bangs's Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung. By Gregory McNamee
  • Lester Bangs Tribute, by Kurt Hernon, in Perfect Sound Forever.
  • Creative Quotations from Lester Bangs.


    Lester reprints online

  • Astral Weeks.
  • Free Jazz/Punk Rock.
  • The White Noise Supremacists
  • The Shaggs
  • Trout Mask Replica
  • Captain Beefheart's Lick My Decals Off Baby.
  • Them (feat. Van Morrison):
  • Patti Smith (profile)
  • Patti Smith (Easter)
  • Cheers to Glorious Noise for gathering dozens of Bangs reviews from Rolling Stone, from MC5 to Styx to the Slits!


    Bangs between covers

  • Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung. Edited by Greil Marcus.
  • Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste. Edited by John Morthland.
  • Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Rock Critic, by Jim DeRogatis.


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