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SinclairThe final chapters of Let it Blurt, which document his free fall into an alcoholic abyss, are as riveting as the last third of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas...
"Let It Blurt tells one of the essential rock and roll stories with great affection and panache. Lester Bangs--paradigm, mystery, great writer, tragicomic presence--has been given the biography he deserves...A splendid book."
--Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn
"Lester Bangs lived fast, died young, and left a beautiful body of work. Jim DeRogatis, himself a gifted writer on rock and roll, knows both of Bangs's worlds--the music and the journalism--and has written an elegy for one of the few critics whose work is worth reading for itself, apart from its subjects."
"To those who knew him, Lester Bangs was a force of nature, 'larger than life' and all such biz. For a mere book to capture the full sweep of his mind/body at speed and at rest may be too tall an order, but Let It Blurt is a welcome stab indeed at the whole Lester thing."
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Posted March 7, 2013
It is as well-documented a biography as one could hope for such a firecracker as Lester. Lots of info - from upbringing, through his years at Creem, and into his final days. Great interviews with those closest to him that give the reader at least a sense of what it might have been like to bask in his presence. Some sections seem to drag on a bit, but overall, an enjoyable read. I'm sure copyrights played a huge issue, but it would have been a huge plus to read at least a bit more excerpts of his actual writings. His words were, after all, why most people are familiar with Lester. If you have heard the name, but aren't sure what the fuss was about, this is the book to start with.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2006
Amazing. Bangs had a very interesting life and DeRogatis did a phenominal job approaching the topic. It covers every aspect you would want to know about Bangs. I flew through it in 3 days and just picked it up again. It tells a great story and never gets boring.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2001
i'm no expert review guy, i don't know any big words, i don't have a goatee, and i don't sit out in front of barnes and noble with my coffe and try to pick up chicks while pretending to read. but i'll try my best to explain why i enjoyed this book: I have never finished a book as fast as i finished this one. It kept me up all night. I didn't want to do anything else until i finished this book. it was unsettling because mostly everyone knows that bangs died at a young age, and while your reading, you know in the back of your mind that this guy is going to die: someone you become to sort of understand and enjoy as this totally nutty, one of a kind dude who just says and writes what he wants. You learn about what drives bangs' writing, his passion for 'the stooges', his obssesion with Lou Reed, his strange upbringing as a jeovah witness, and his undying love for punk rock. I wish that the book explained more of why he hated led zep and all the other over-blown, bloated big star rock of the 70's. i think that the book sometimes failed to give you a very in-depth look into his mind on certain topics but i guess it was difficult seeing how he is dead. The book is very much worth the trouble of finding, it took me a couple of weeks to track down, there are limited copies, which is a shame because there are other music related books such as the motley crue book always on hand at book stores, i can't stand that that worthless 'new york dolls' rip-off of a band is getting any attention for their crummy book. Anyway, i hope this review has helped. i plan on buying a collection book of bangs' reviews, cool huh.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.