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Book Title: Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs|
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The author of the book: Jim Derogatis
Edition: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Date of issue: April 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780747538134
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 31.57 MB
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I am not a fan of Jim Derogatis at all. He's that typical music writer that I despise, a sideline observer who prides himself on how harshly he can pan musicians whose talent and artistic integrity exists on a level that he will never achieve. Still, as much as I can't stand old Jim, I must give him credit for his well-written and well-researched book that takes you into the life of the greatest music writer of the twentieth century. Lester Bangs was the H.L. Mencken of rock and roll, a true believer in the power of music who wrote with the fury and passion of a warrior on a battlefield.
Lester pulled no punches and wasted no time on politeness or professional courtesy. If he offended you, that was your problem. His attitude could have made him easily dismissed, but Lester's passion and energy, not to mention his ability to write on par with Shakespeare if he found something he adored, (like Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks"), made it impossible to ignore him or to pigeon-hole him as a bitter, overtly opinionated music critic.
When you read Lester Bangs, you simply know that you are reading something pure, a true and meaningful glimpse into a great work of art, one that would go undiscovered and unheard had Lester not heard it and shared it. Many music writers have tried to emulate his style, focusing way too hard on the sass and the sarcasm, but strongly lacking the passion and the enlightenment that came as easy to Lester as taking a drink of water, (or in his case, cough syrup).
In the case of Jim Derogatis, I commend him for this biography. I wish I could say the same for his music criticism, but for me, he definitely falls into the aforementioned category of post-Lester music writers.
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Read information about the authorJames "Jim" DeRogatis (born 1964 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American music critic. DeRogatis has written articles for magazines such as Spin, Guitar World and Modern Drummer. He is also the Pop Music Critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. He often tries to separate himself from other music critics by promoting bands that have not yet become widely popular, but are close to doing so.
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