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The GROSSMONT COLLEGE LESTER BANGS ARCHIVE is a special reference

source and digital collection of media, images, and prose, by and about internationally

renowned rock journalist and GC alumnus, Lester Bangs.  Bangs, whose work has

appeared in Creem, Rolling Stone, Village Voice and countless other magazines,

attended Grossmont College between 1966 and 1968.  Although he passed away in

1982, Lester A Bangs has come into recognition as “America‚Äôs Greatest Rock Critic” as

well as one of the most influential voices in rock criticism.  He was portrayed in the film

Almost Famous by celebrated actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Grossmont College Lester Bangs Archive was developed by English instructor

Raul Sandelin, with generous support from the Grossmont College Foundation, the

English Department, and the Creative Writing Program.  In May of 2010, the Grossmont

College Foundation inducted Bangs into its Walk of Fame with a commemorative

bronze plaque on the campus quad.  Each fall, the Creative Writing Program further

honors Lester Bangs's contributions and creative spirit with a memorial reading of

original written works by Creative Writing faculty.

 

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