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Jim DeRogatis: Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs (Broadway Books/Bloomsbury)

Charles Shaar Murray, Revolver, Spring 2000

WHO WAS Lester Bangs? He was a rock critic. To be more precise, he was a rock critic like Muhammad Ali was a boxer or Jimi Hendrix was a guitarist or Sergei Eisenstein was a film director. Thus far, he is the only rock critic to receive the accolade of a full-scale biography, and the honor is thoroughly deserved.

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