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Psychotic reactions and carburetor dung

By: Bangs, Lester Marcus, Greil(Introduction by)

Part of the Serpent's Tail Classics series
1781252777 / 9781781252772
Paperback
782.42166
04/12/2014
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England
20 cm xviii, 386 pages
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Reprint. Originally published: New York: Knopf, 1987.

Until his death aged thirty-three in 1982, Lester Bangs wrote wired, rock 'n' roll pieces on Iggy Pop, The Clash, John Lennon, Kraftwerk, Lou Reed.

As a rock critic, he had an eagle-eye for distinguishing the pre-packaged imitation from the real thing; written in a conversational, wisecracking, erotically charged style, his hallucinatory hagiographies and excoriating take-downs reveal an iconoclast unafraid to tell it like it is.

To his journalism he brought the talent of a great a renegade Beat poet, and his essays, reviews and scattered notes convey the electric thrill of a music junky indulging the habit of a lifetime.

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.'

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AVGP Rock & Pop music, DNF Literary essays

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