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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Music - 432 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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In the last five years, Bangs's name has been dropped more than Madonna's. One of the earliest and best popular music critics, he covered rock's heyday in the 1960s through its faltering in the ... Read full review


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On the Merits of Sexual Repression
Jello Biafra Is No Cretin
Unraveling the Miles Perplex
Monolith or Monotone? Lou Reeds Metal Machine Music
John Lydon Across the Border
A FrancoAmerican Chronologue
Admit It You Like to Kick Cripples
BackDoor Men and Women in Bondage
liner notes to It Falleth Like Gentle Rains from Heaven
from All My Friends Are Hermits

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About the author (2008)

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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