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Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic

By Published: June 29, 2013
While DeRogatis holds Bangs' body of work in high esteem, as can be seen in the introductory part of his reissued interview at the Perfect Sound Forever website, what this book lacks is a more detailed analysis of any of Bangs' writings on the part of DeRogatis. It is not an easy job for one critic to assess the writings of another, in this case the towering figure of Lester Bangs, but an assessment of his prose and style, and how it has changed and evolved over the years, would have been very welcome.

Given the realities of contemporary journalism in this corporate and politically steered world, it is safe to say that mainstream media will never see the likes of Lester Bangs ever again. Simply put, mainstream publications have long since descended into a celebrity journalism which is diametrically opposed to Bangs' kind of writing and thinking. Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic presents a rock-solid, multidimensional, emphatic, and rollicking portrait of a man and writer who took the calling of journalism as his life.


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