is originality; fashion is fascism.
The two are eternally and unalterably opposed.
All it takes is insane persistence and a total disregard
for everything but getting that yawp out if you gotta howl at the moon. And obviously most
folks arent gonna howl at the moon just to prove a point.
Grossness is the truest criterion for rock n
The cruder the clang and grind the more fun.
Lou Reed is my own hero principally because he stands for
all the most fucked-up things that I could ever possibly conceive of. Which probably only shows the limits of my imagination.
Nobody reads about rock n roll because
theyre interested in music, all of us peruse this trash because we wanna know what
lurid snivelers all our heroes are so we can gloat over them.
The only questions worth asking today are whether humans
are going to have any emotions tomorrow, and what the quality of life will be if the
answer is no.
Dont ask me why I obsessively look to rock
n roll bands for some kind of model for a better society. I guess its
just that I glimpsed something beautiful in a flashbulb moment once, and perhaps mistaking
it for prophecy have been seeking its fulfillment ever since.
MUST-READS: THE COLLECTED LESTER
An Interview With Lester Bangs,
April 14, 1982