Lester Bangs

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Leslie Conway "Lester" Bangs (December 13, 1948 – April 30, 1982) was an American music journalist, author, and musician. He wrote for Creem and Rolling Stone magazines and was known for his leading influence in rock music criticism.

Early life

Bangs was born in Escondido, California, the son of Norma Belle (née Clifton) and Conway Leslie Bangs, a truck driver. His ... more »

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  • 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...
    Lester Bangs (1948-1982), U.S. rock journalist. Creem (London, March 1975).
  • ''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).
  • 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 ...
    Lester Bangs (1948-1982), U.S. rock journalist. New Musical Express (London, December 24, 1977).
  • 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 perc...
    Lester Bangs (1948-1982), U.S. rock journalist. Quoted in Simon Frith, Sound Effects: Youth, Leisure and the Politics of Rock, ch. 10 (1979).
  • ''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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