Rock 'n' Rave


Vickie Casey; Staff Writer


The title of "Let It Blurt: The Life & Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic," by Chicago Sun-Times pop music critic and former Minneapolitan Jim DeRogatis, leaves no mystery about DeRogatis' opinion of his subject. An infamously loud-mouthed and verbose critic, Bangs was fueled mainly by one of the three tenets of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Music provided his livelihood, and his sex life was nothing to brag about, but Bangs' drug intake was astounding. According to the book, his favorites included Romilar cough syrup, speed, marijuana, Darvon, Valium, alcohol, nicotine and Quaaludes. Rarely sober, Bangs' drug habits also led to his demise, leaving us with one less lunatic to rave about the wonders of rock 'n' roll.


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