Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic

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Broadway Books, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 331 pages
Let It Blurt is the raucous and righteous biography of Lester Bangs (1949-82)--the gonzo journalist, gutter poet, and romantic visionary of rock criticism. No writer on rock 'n' roll ever lived harder or wrote better--more passionately, more compellingly, more penetratingly. He lived the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, guzzling booze and Romilar like water, matching its energy in prose that erupted from the pages of Rolling Stone, Creem, and The Village Voice. Bangs agitated in the seventies for sounds that were harsher, louder, more electric, and more alive, in the course of which he charted and defined the aesthetics of heavy metal and punk. He was treated as a peer by such brash visionaries as Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Captain Beefheart, The Clash, Debbie Harry, and other luminaries.

Let It Blurt is a scrupulously researched account of Lester Bangs's fascinating (if often tawdry and unappetizing) life story, as well as a window on rock criticism and rock culture in their most turbulent and creative years. It includes a never-before-published piece by Bangs, the hilarious "How to Be a Rock Critic," in which he reveals the secrets of his dubious, freeloading trade.

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It reads like a really good Behind The Music taking the reader along the short life of drugged up, horny comical mess, the self-proclaimed beat deviant of rock writing legend Lester Bangs. An ... Read full review

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In which Jim de Rogatis does a fine job documenting the rise and fall of the fabled gonzo rock journalist, Lester Bangs. The book is thoroughly researched and beautifully written - as befits the story ... Read full review

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Jim DeRogatis is the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times. Together with Greg Kot, rock critic at the Chicago Tribune and author of Wilco: Learning How to Die, he is the host of Sound Opinions, "the world's only rock and roll talkshow," which is now broadcast on Public Radio. He is the author of Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic (Broadway Books, 2000), among other books.

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