Quotations From LESTER BANGS
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The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious.Lester Bangs (1948-1982), U.S. rock journalist. repr. In Psychotic Reactions & Carburetor Dung, "James Taylor Marked for Death" 1987). Who Put the Bomp (Winter/Spring 1971).
I think that if most guys in America could somehow get their fave-rave poster girl in bed and have total license to do whatever they wanted with this legendary body for one afternoon, at least 75 percent of the guys in the country would elect to beat her up.Lester Bangs (1948-1982), U.S. rock journalist. Quoted in Simon Frith, Sound Effects: Youth, Leisure and the Politics of Rock, ch. 10 (1979).
At its best New Wave/punk represents a fundamental and age-old Utopian dream: that if you give people the license to be as outrageous as they want in absolutely any fashion they can dream up, they'll be creative about it, and do something good besides.Lester Bangs (1948-1982), U.S. rock journalist. New Musical Express (London, December 24, 1977).
The only questions worth asking today are whether humans are going to have any emotions tomorrow, and what the quality of life will be if the answer is no.Lester Bangs (1948-1982), U.S. rock journalist. Gig (January 1978).
They wouldn't be heroes if they were infallible, in fact they wouldn't be heroes if they weren't miserable wretched dogs, the pariahs of the earth, besides which the only reason to build up an idol is to tear it down again.Lester Bangs (1948-1982), U.S. rock journalist. Creem (London, March 1975).
The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience.Lester Bangs (1948-1982), U.S. rock journalist. Village Voice (New York, August 29, 1977).
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