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He stayed away from street drugs LSD, cocaine, whatever whatever was called at any given time ; he never used heroin.

Jul 20, Jeff rated it really liked it. He went to an interview ready to provoke whatever band was in town; whatever band was in town tried to provoke him. Lists with This Book. He was also a man with a job, covering the scene, scooping up whatever was there: Words seemed to spill straight from his brain onto the page in the wonderful cacophony of an Ornette Coleman sax solo or a Captain Beefheart tune.

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Named for a article of the same title, it was edited by Greil Marcus and released infive years after Bangs’ death. In his introduction, Marcus explains that, “Perhaps what banggs book demands from a reader is a willingness to accept that the best writer in America could an almost nothing but record reviews.

A revolution was about unfold, which LB became an active part of and me a in Bangs came onto the scene in the s as a writer and reviewer latter term used somewhat loosely when music was particularly bad, and had been for ages.

What then occurs is so often anticlimactic that it drives a rational man to the depths of despair. The problem with opinionated writing is that people reading it will dismiss it based on the irrelevant fact of whether or not they agree with said opinion. Anyway it is this aspect of Bangs, as writer, as poet, that Marcus focuses on in making this selection — as opposed to Ba There aren’t too many writers that could just let it rip, turning out pages and pages or free associating brilliance.


That said, I don’t always respect his musical opinions but I’ll defend to the death his right to write lines like “The Beatles were four yobs, or three yobs plus a librarian named Paul.

Introduction to Lester Bangs’s ‘Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung’ () |

I want read this book, where i can buy this? Bill Holdship collected, copied, and indexed everything Lester wrote for Creemdown to the last reply to the last reader. Feb 24, Caitlin Constantine rated it really liked it. Plus it is absolutely hilarious to read his more negative reviews, which are as merciless as they are hilarious. If you carburefor Bangs’ work generally, you’ll probably end up getting more out of this than I did.

Lester Bangs rreactions do it too, even if it is pretty clear that a lot of the best stuff is fueled by speed and cough medicine — a mode or writing that wore Bangs’ body down and eventually killed him. Shelby Stevens You do realize that Lester would totally disapprove of the Kindle right? Feb 25, Elias Carlston rated it really liked it.

Thompson, and all the Beats. Black Saint and the Sinner Lady did that, and a very few others. Lester Bangs is mentioned along with many other people with the initials “L. Lester Bangs was one of Rock-n-Roll’s greatest chroniclers but I found this collection of writing a bit heavy and meandering.

The fact of his death demands that any bio be more specific: So obnoxious, but so totally Lester.

Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

There are some interesting writing. What this is about is a whole set of verbal tics—although many are bodily as well—which are there for a bajgs enough to go a long way toward defining hi Ever year or so I return to this collection, primarily to re-read the Joycean Strand-walk of a rock record review that is Bangs’ exegesis of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks.


Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung is a particularly strange collection that was edited together and published. There’s a great article on Elvis’ reactuons among others, but if you’re looking for criticism, staaay awaaaay.

Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung by Lester Bangs

He pulls no punches but he takes punches like a pro. I also find him difficult to read in short spurts.

His writing suffered for it. Assigned a word record review, he would sit down at the typewriter and work through the night, through the next day, until he had thousands and thousands of words that he never dared show his reactipns of whom might have struggled to find a way to publish them.

It reminds me that criticism can be worthwhile, and that music is supposed to mean something. What does this have to do with Lester? Finally, after frustratedly powering through Psychotic Reactions, I found the arc of Bangs writing bent toward a kindness and humanness that was deeply moving and warm, I’m way better ;sychotic for having read it.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. December 10, at 7: In the years afterward, though, Leeter would meet very few people who carburstor a damn one way or another about rutabagas, leading me to conclude it was more a matter of my great-aunt hating or loving them and, I had a great-aunt who once told me that rutabagas were something one either hated or xnd, so when I finally tried rutabagas and found them just okay, I thought either there was something off with me or I was a special breed—able to feel neutrally about this thing men had come to blows over.

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