The Grossmont College Lester
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