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Lester Bangs

Datum narození: 13. prosinec 1948
Datum úmrtí: 30. duben 1982

Lester Bangs rodným jménem Leslie Conway Bangs byl americký novinář a zpěvák. Věnoval se převážně hudební publicistice a psal mimo jiné pro časopisy Creem a Rolling Stone. V druhé polovině sedmdesátých let rovněž začal působit jako hudebník; v roce 1979 vydal u vydavatelství SPY Records singl „Let It Blurt“ / „Live“. Nahrávku mixoval velšský hudebník John Cale, majitel vydavatelství SPY Records. Na singlu hráli například bubeník Jay Dee Daugherty a kytarista Robert Quine. V roce 1981 založil spolu s Mickeyem Leighem skupinu nazvanou Birdland, ale její jediné album vyšla až v roce 1986. Zemřel na předávkování ve svých třiatřiceti letech. Ve filmu Na pokraji slávy jej ztvárnil Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Citáty Lester Bangs


„Patřím ke generaci, pro níž The Velvet Underground byli Beatles a Dylan dohromady. Kašlu na to, kdo poprvé použil zpětnou vazbu nebo jestli Lou Reed zpíval jako Dylan - moderní hudba začíná u Velvetů a důsledky a vliv všeho, co vytvořili, budou nejspíš trvat věčně.“

„The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.“


„The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool.“

„Rock 'n' roll is an attitude, it's not a musical form of a strict sort. It's a way of doing things, of approaching things. Writing can be rock 'n' roll, or a movie can be rock 'n' roll. It's a way of living your life.“

„I suspect almost every day that I’m living for nothing, I get depressed and I feel self-destructive and a lot of the time I don’t like myself. What’s more, the proximity of other humans often fills me with overwhelming anxiety, but I also feel that this precarious sentience is all we’ve got and, simplistic as it may seem, it’s a person’s duty to the potentials of his own soul to make the best of it. We’re all stuck on this often miserable earth where life is essentially tragic, but there are glints of beauty and bedrock joy that come shining through from time to precious time to remind anybody who cares to see that there is something higher and larger than ourselves. And I am not talking about your putrefying gods, I am talking about a sense of wonder about life itself and the feeling that there is some redemptive factor you must at least search for until you drop dead of natural causes.“ Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

„Don’t ask me why I obsessively look to rock ’n’ roll bands for some kind of model for a better society. I guess it’s just that I glimpsed something beautiful in a flashbulb moment once, and perhaps mistaking it for prophecy have been seeking its fulfillment ever since.“

„A hero is a goddam stupid thing to have in the first place and a general block to anything you might wanta accomplish on your own.“

„Sometimes I think nothing is simple but the feeling of pain.“ Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung


„The real question is what to live for. And I can't answer it. Except another one of your records. And another chance for me to write. Art for art's sake, corny as that sounds.“ Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

„I'll probably never produce a masterpiece, but so what? I feel I have a Sound aborning, which is my own, and that Sound if erratic is still my greatest pride, because I would rather write like a dancer shaking my ass to boogaloo inside my head, and perhaps reach only readers who like to use books to shake their asses, than to be or write for the man cloistered in a closet somewhere reading Aeschylus while this stupefying world careens crazily past his waxy windows toward its last raving sooty feedback pirouette.“ Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader

„The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else while you're uncool.“

„It's not enough just to do those things anymore; what you must do instead if you want success on any large scale is either figure out a way of getting yourself associated in the audience's mind with their pieties and their sense of 'community,' i. e. ram it home that you're one of THEM; or, alternately, deck and bake yourself into an image configuration so blatant or outrageous that you become a culture myth.“


„if the main reason we listen to music in the first place is to hear passion expressed- as i've believed all my life-then what good is this music going to prove to be? what does that say about us? what are we confirming in ourselves by doting on art that is emotionally neutral? and, simultaneously, what in ourselves might we be destroying or at least keeping down?“ Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader

„... the twin concepts of nihilism and the antihero have had it. What began with The Wild One and James "nobody understands me" Dean, ran with increasing vehement negativism up through the Stones and Velvets and Iggy... [I]t may be time, in spite of all indications to the contrary from the exterior society, to begin thinking in terms of heroes again, of love instead of hate, of energy instead of violence, of strength instead of cruelty, of action instead of reaction.“ Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

„But since death is inevitable we don’t have to deal with it (it’ll deal with us when it decides to). What we do have to deal with is the psychic, physical, and fusion diseases wrought during our so-called lives as byproducts of the elemental clash. In other words we’re all terminally psychotic and no doctor, hospital, pill, needle, book or guru holds the cure. Because the disease is called life and there is no cure for that but death and death’s just part of the set-up designed to keep you terrified and thus in bondage from the cradle to the crypt so ha ha the joke’s on you except there’s no punchline and the comedian forgot you ever existed as even a comma.“

„Astral Weeks,” insofar as it can be pinned down, is a record about people stunned by life, completely overwhelmed, stalled in their skins, their ages and selves, paralyzed by the enormity of what in one moment of vision they can comprehend. It is a precious and terrible gift, born of a terrible truth, because what they see is both infinitely beautiful and terminally horrifying: the unlimited human ability to create or destroy, according to whim. It’s no Eastern mystic or psychedelic vision of the emerald beyond, nor is it some Baudelairean perception of the beauty of sleaze and grotesquerie. Maybe what it boils down to is one moment’s knowledge of the miracle of life, with its inevitable concomitant, a vertiginous glimpse of the capacity to be hurt, and the capacity to inflict that hurt.“ Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

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