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Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung by Lester Bangs
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Nov 10, 2011

it was amazing
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This is a book of pieces LB wrote for various Rock publications. It's a series of essays on live shows and albums and his general ruminations about rock music, the authors thereof and how it all fits into the world at large. it's pretty well written given that it's pretty obvious that he was on drugs of various flavors for most of the live shows and much of the writing. He was was a wild and crazy guy as is most of the writing here. Fortunately it is also pretty entertaining, full of keen observations about the then current state of popular music and occasional utterly shameless, barefaced lies. His stories were banned from The Rolling Stone for disrespecting musicians which has got to be a good sign. However he gets top marks for writing extensively about Lou Reid's Metal Machine Music describing it as "a truly bracing atonality" thus recognizing a touchstone of contemporary noise music way back in the mid 70s.

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