Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste A Lester Bangs Reader

ISBN-10: 0375713670

ISBN-13: 9780375713675

Edition: 2003

Authors: Lester Bangs, John Morthland, John Morthland

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Before his untimely death in 1982, Lester Bangs was inarguably the most influential critic of rock and roll. Writing in hyper-intelligent Benzedrine prose that calls to mind Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson, he eschewed all conventional thinking as he discussed everything from Black Sabbath being the first truly Catholic band to Anne Murray’s smoldering sexuality. In Mainlines, Blood Feasts, Bad Taste fellow rock critic John Morthland has compiled a companion volume to Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, the first, now classic collection of Bangs’s work. Here are excerpts from an autobiographical piece Bangs wrote as a teenager, travel essays, and, of course, the music pieces, essays, and criticism covering everything from titans like Miles Davis, Lou Reed, and the Rolling Stones to esoteric musicians like Brian Eno and Captain Beefheart. Singularly entertaining, this book is an absolute must for anyone interested in the history of rock.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/12/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Lester Bangs started out as a record reviewer for Rolling Stone, went on to write for and then edit the magazine Creem, before moving to New York and covering the burgeoning punk scene, writing in daily newspapers and the Village Voice. Bangs died suddenly at the age of 33 in 1982. A biography of Lester Bangs, Let it Blurt was published in 2001.

A writer-at-large for Texas Monthly and food columnist for Texas Journey, JOHN MORTHLAND has written widely on the subjects of food, music, travel, and regional culture for more than thirty years.

Introduction and Acknowledgments
from Two Assassinations and a Speedy Retreat into Pastoral Nostalgias
A Quick Trip Through My Adolescence
from The Great El Cajon Race Riot and Two Friday Night Parties
The MC5: Kick Out the Jams
Charlie Haden: Liberation Music Orchestra
Canned Heat: The New Age
Dandelions in Still Air: The Withering Away of the Beatles
Blood Feast of Reddy Kilowatt! Emerson, Lake, and Palmer Without Insulation!
C'mon Sugar, Let's Go All-Nite Jukin' with Wet Willie
Bob Dylan's Dalliance with Mafia Chic: He Ain't No Delinquent, He's Misunderstood
Anne Murray: Danny's Song
Helen Reddy: Long Hard Climb
Grace Jones Beats Off
Stevie Nicks: Lilith or Bimbo?
Art Ensemble of Chicago: Rated G
Ian Hunter: The Coots Are All right
The Grooming of David Johansen
Patti Smith: Horses
Better Than the Beatles (And DNA, Too)
Dead Boys Almost Count Five
On the Merits if Sexual Repression
David Byrne Says "Boo!"
A Bellyful of Wire
Jello Biafra Is No Cretin
If Oi Were a Carpenter
I Only Get My Rocks Off When I'm Dreaming: So You Say You Missed the Stones Too? Cheer Up, We're a Majority!
1973 Nervous Breakdown: The Ol' Fey Outlaws Ain't What They Used to Be - Are You?
It's Only the Rolling Stones
State of the Art: Bland on Bland
Kind of Grim: Unraveling the Miles Perplex
Miles Davis: Music for the Living Dead
Captain Beefheart's Far Cry: He's Alive, But So Is Paint. Are You?
Deaf-Mute in a Telephone Booth: A Perfect Day with Lou Reed
Monolith or Monotone? Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music
Your Shadow Is Scared of You: An Attempt Not to Be Frightened by Nico
Jim Morrison: Bozo Dionysus a Decade Later
Bring Your Mother to the Gas Chamber!
Eno Sings with the Fishes
John Lydon Across the Border
Killer Frogs in Transatlantic Blitz: A Franco-American Chronologue Starring Les Variations
Innocents in Babylon: A Search for Jamaica Featuring Bob Marley and a Cast of Thousands
Death May Be Your Santa Claus: An Exclusive, Up-to-Date Interview with Jimi Hendrix
from Notes on Austin
Admit It, You Like to Kick Cripples, Too (Especially if You Are One)
Everybody's Search for Roots (The Roots of Punk, Part I)
Back Door Men and Women in Bondage
liner notes to It Falleth Like Gentle Rains from Heaven - The Mekons Story
Every Song a Hooker
Bad Taste Is Timeless
An Instant Fan's Inspired Notes: You Gotta Listen
Bye Bye Sidney, Be Good
from All My Friends Are Hermits
Trapped by the Mormons
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