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Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung - Serpent's Tail Classics (Paperback)
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Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung - Serpent's Tail Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 04/12/2014
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Even more gonzo, trippy and stylistically demented than you can imagine, the legendary Lester Bangs was the countercultural rock scribe that all the coolest bands wanted to impress. This selection of his incendiary writings drips with bastardised Beat poetry and scabrous denunciations of the fake and manufactured.

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.'

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781252772
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Bangs was one of the best writers ever to appear on newsprint ... when he died, American culture lost one its most astute, ornery, funniest and most soulful observers' - The New York Times 

'Still a byword for rock writing at its most unrestrained and passionate ... his two posthumous anthologies ... attest to his brilliance' - John Harris, The Guardian

'A superb collection ... wild and funny and unpredictable. Lester Bangs was a great American writer who happened to write about rock 'n' roll' - Rolling Stone

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