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

Jim Derogatis


Let It Blurt is the raucous and righteous biography of Lester Bangs (1949-82)--the gonzo journalist, gutter poet, and romantic visionary of rock feedback. No author on rock 'n' roll ever lived more durable or wrote better--more passionately, extra compellingly, extra penetratingly. He lived the rock 'n' roll way of life, guzzling booze and Romilar like water, matching its strength in prose that erupted from the pages of Rolling Stone, Creem, and The Village Voice. Bangs agitated within the seventies for sounds that have been harsher, louder, extra electrical, and extra alive, during which he charted and outlined the aesthetics of heavy steel and punk. He was once taken care of as a peer via such brash visionaries as Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Captain Beefheart, The conflict, Debbie Harry, and different luminaries.

Let It Blurt is a scrupulously researched account of Lester Bangs's interesting (if frequently tawdry and unappetizing) existence tale, in addition to a window on rock feedback and rock tradition of their so much turbulent and inventive years. It features a never-before-published piece by means of Bangs, the hilarious "How to Be a Rock Critic," during which he unearths the secrets and techniques of his doubtful, freeloading alternate.

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