Mainlines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader

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Anchor Books, 2003 - Music - 409 pages
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Before his untimely death in 1982, Lester Bangs was inarguably the most influential critic of rock and roll. Writing in hyper-intelligent Benzedrine prose that calls to mind Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson, he eschewed all conventional thinking as he discussed everything from Black Sabbath being the first truly Catholic band to Anne Murray’s smoldering sexuality. In Mainlines, Blood Feasts, Bad Taste fellow rock critic John Morthland has compiled a companion volume to Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, the first, now classic collection of Bangs’s work. Here are excerpts from an autobiographical piece Bangs wrote as a teenager, travel essays, and, of course, the music pieces, essays, and criticism covering everything from titans like Miles Davis, Lou Reed, and the Rolling Stones to esoteric musicians like Brian Eno and Captain Beefheart. Singularly entertaining, this book is an absolute must for anyone interested in the history of rock.

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Review: Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Do the words of a music critic resonate 30 years later? Maybe a little? It's interesting to see somebody fret so over the decline of the Rolling Stones while we may take it for granted that they were ... Read full review

Review: Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader

User Review  - Tim Niland - Goodreads

Lester Bangs was a prominent American music critic during the mid 1970's and early 1980's, writing for the likes of Creem, Rolling Stone and other magazines. Bangs' caustic, in your face style was ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Lester Bangs wrote for Creem, the Village Voice, and Rolling Stone.

John Morthland, co-executor of the Bangs literary estate, was a colleague of Bangs from 1969 until the author's death. He was editor of Creem in 1974-75. He is a writer at large for Texas Monthly.

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