Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung
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.'
- Paperback | 406 pages
- 135 x 216mm
- 15 Nov 1996
- Profile Books Ltd
- Serpent's Tail
- London, United Kingdom
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.
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 *