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Monday, December 13, 2004

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LESTER

Lester Bangs (1948-1982) was a true defender of the faith, if not otherwise completely full of shit and himself, and that's what made him the perfect rock critic. He believed that rock was something more than music, and that belief translated to both consumer and artist. We must equally praise and blame him for it.

"The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious" -- Lester Bangs

Comments:
He was also one hell of a writer. It's embarrasing to admit that a critic is one of your literary idols, but for me it was true. Lester Bangs and Gary Giddins were definitely up there for me as a kid coming up trying to learn how to write.
 
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