Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

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Before his death aged 33 in 1982, Lester Bangs wrote wired, passionate pieces on Barry White, Iggy Pop, The Clash, John Lennon, 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 journalism, he brought the talent of a great fiction writer. As Greil Marcus writes in his introduction: 'What this book demands from a reader is a willingness to accept that the best writer in America could write almost nothing but record reviews.'
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  • Paperback | 406 pages
  • 135 x 216mm
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1852425326
  • 9781852425326

About Lester Bangs

Greil Marcus is an American author, music journalist and cultural critic. He is notable for producing scholarly and literary essays that place rock music in a much broader framework of culture and politics than is customary in pop music journalism. He writes for newspapers and magazines including Rolling Stone and The Village Voice.
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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 * 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 *
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