Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung
Until his death aged thirty-three in 1982, Lester Bangs wrote wired, rock ’n’ roll pieces on Iggy Pop, The Clash, John Lennon, Kraftwerk, Lou Reed and many more. He had an eagle-eye for distinguishing the pre-packaged imitation from the real thing. Written in a conversational, wisecracking style, his hallucinatory
hagiographies and excoriating take-downs reveal an iconoclast unafraid to tell it as he saw it.
His essays, reviews and scattered notes reveal a true poet channelling the electric thrill of the great music of his time. As editor Greil Marcus writes in his introduction: ‘What this book demands from a reader is a willingness to accept that the best writer in America could write almost nothing but record reviews.’