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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 As a rock critic he had an eagle eye for distinguishing the pre packaged imitation from the real thing; written in a conversational wisecracking erotically charged style his hallucinatory hagiographies and excoriating take downs reveal an iconoclast unafraid to tell it like it is To his journalism he brought the talent of a great a renegade Beat poet and his essays reviews and scattered notes convey the electric thrill of a music junky indulging the habit of a lifetime As 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' 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 As a rock critic he had an eagle eye for distinguishing the pre packaged imitation from the real thing; written in a conversational wisecracking erotically charged style his hallucinatory hagiographies and excoriating take downs reveal an iconoclast unafraid to tell it like it is To his journalism he brought the talent of a great a renegade Beat poet and his essays reviews and scattered notes convey the electric thrill of a music junky indulging the habit of a lifetime As 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' 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 As a rock critic he had an eagle eye for distinguishing the pre packaged imitation from the real thing; written in a conversational wisecracking erotically charged style his hallucinatory hagiographies and excoriating take downs reveal an iconoclast unafraid to tell it like it is To his journalism he brought the talent of a great a renegade Beat poet and his essays reviews and scattered notes convey the electric thrill of a music junky indulging the habit of a lifetime As 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'