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Lester Bangs

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The Grossmont College Lester

Bangs Archive

The on-line  Lester Bangs Archive is a

comprehensive educational portal connecting

researchers of the gonzo rock journalist and

Grossmont College alumnus Lester Bangs, to

resources about his legacy of music, writing,

literary values, and research.

Spearheaded by the English Department and

Creative Writing Program, the Archive website

originated as a companion project to the

Grossmont College Foundation's May 2010

induction of Bangs into our Walk of Fame.

Interest in Lester Bangs has had a resurgence

in recent months in the wake of punk nemesis

Lou Reed's death on October 27, 2013; during

the 1970s, Reed and Bangs became

embroiled in what's now one of the most

famous feuds in all of rock journalism.

Archive resources include an illustrated "Reference Desk" with books, reviews, and other written

works by Lester Bangs; a growing catalogue of books, periodical literature and blogs about Lester

Bangs; a comprehensive illustrated discography; a compendium of annotated lyrics written by

Bangs; an expanding list of recommended print and videographic sources on related topics, such

as Punk Rock; special collections of Bangsiana; and more.

A Box Full of Rocks microsite

The Archive also serves as home to the Box Full Of Rocks Microsite, which hosts a free, on-line

streaming edition of A Box Full of Rocks: The El Cajon Years of Lester Bangs, a new feature-length

documentary directed by Grossmont College English instructor Raul Sandelin, that chronicles the

pre-Detroit years of Lester Bangs as he grows up in San Diego's east county.

Mixing original interviews with film clips and readings of some of Bangs's earlier works, the film

features local musicians, songwriters, music

journalists, and friends of Lester Bangs,

including Jerry Raney, Jack Butler, Milt Wyatt,

Gary Rachac, Rob Houghton, Steve Kelly, Jon

Kanis, and Jim DeRogatis, author of the official

Lester Bangs biography, Let It Blurt.  El Cajon

historian G. Carroll Rice, Creative Writing

Program Coordinator Sydney Brown, and

Grossmont College/El Cajon Valley High

alumna Mindy Solis are also featured.

The film boasts a soundtrack of new works by

local songwriters The Flying Sandolini, Jon

Kanis and The Shambles, Rob Williams, Jack

Gimble, and El Cajon rock legend Thee Dark

Ages.  The Box Full Of Rocks microsite also

contains a selection of resources about the film:

articles and interviews with Raul Sandeiln;

trailers and film clips; and, other bonus features.

Runtime: 90 minutes

Rating: PG-13