Dallas Observer


By Dave McElfresh


You'll want to grab a copy of Jim DeRogatis' Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic. Along with Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, the Greil Marcus-edited posthumous collection of Bangs' writing, Let It Blurt should be required reading for any aspiring rock critic. But more than that, DeRogatis, a frequent Dallas Observer contributor, delivers a page-turning look at a heroically self-destructive genius, a man who lived for rock and roll and died for drugs and alcohol. (His motto, after all, was "live fast, be bad, get messy, die young.") Eighteen years after his death, some still say that Bangs is the only music journalist that matters. With Let It Blurt, DeRogatis proves them right.


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