Lester Bangs was an American music journalist, musician and writer. He is also regarded as one of the most influential music critics to have ever existed. He worked for ‘Rolling Stone’ and ‘Creem Magazine’ and was considered as ‘America’s greatest rock critic’. He had been interested in music from a very early age and got his first break with ‘The Rolling Stone’ magazine as a freelance contributor. Bangs reviewed the works of some of the biggest singers and music groups of the time during his career and was particularly noted for his reviews of jazz and rock music groups. During his short-lived career he primarily worked as a freelancer for ‘Creem’, ‘Penthouse’, ‘Playboy’, ‘The Village Voice’ and ‘Stereo Review’ among others. His work displayed a level of originality that was hardly seen in the music criticism niche and is still used as a reference by most who want to get into the profession. His writing style was lucid, hard hitting and natural. Following is a collection of quotes and sayings by the renowned musician which have been excerpted from his writings, works and thoughts. Read on the thoughts and quotes from the works of Lester Bangs that are sure to impress you.
Basically no, I mean I think that it's very easy to like I say, smoke a joint or even to wear a Chairman Mao button, or do a lot of these things with out knowing what's behind it, and what it really means.
The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience.
The great thing about The Clash of course is that they keep searching for answers beyond that.
It's much easier to wear a Chairman Mao button and shake your fists in the air and all that, then to actually read the Communist manifesto and things like that and actually become involved in politics.
I mean Iggy and The Stooges first couple of albums I think sold twenty five thousand between the two of them you know and so to talk in terms of an underground I mean you have to go really to the independent labels and things like that.
That's one reason why it's pretty worthless, I can't totally buy it, if you think about it, it's things like the Phil Spector records. On one level they were rebellion, on another level they were keeping the teenager in his place.
Here we are in the 70's when everything really is horrible and it really stinks. The mass media, everything on television everything everywhere is just rotten. You know it's just really boring and really evil, ugly and worse.
As far as a truly radical conscience, you have to take it as part of a larger thing, that it was sort of historical inevitability that with the coming of a leaguer society people would start to use drugs a lot more then they had before.
And doing so you can recreate yourself and you can also come up with something that is not only original and creative and artistic, but also maybe even decent, or moral if I can use words like that, or something that's like basically good.