A Box Full of Rocks:

The El Cajon Years of Lester Bangs

DIRECTED BY RAUL SANDELIN

Runtime: 1 hour and 30 minutes

 

The new documentary chronicling the early years of gonzo music journalist Lester Bangs contains new interviews with Steve Kelly, Jack Butler, Rob Houghton, Jerry Raney, Sydney Brown, Lester Bangs biographer Jim DeRogatis, and more! 

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Rating: PG-13

Adult themes and hard language;

Descriptions only (no depictions) of drug use and sexual situations.

CREDITS

Starring

Sydney Brown

Jack Butler

Jim DeRogatis

Rob Houghton

Jon Kanis

Steve Kelly

Gary Rachac

Jerry Raney

G. Carroll Rice

Mindy Solis

Mike Stax

Milt Wyatt

and

Dominic Lerma as "Lester"

Lester Bangs Memorial Reading

Corrie Bales

Sydney Brown

Enrique Cervantes

Heather Eudy

Ryan Griffith

Jennifer McBroom

Raul Sandelin

Ron Salisbury

Melissa Solis

Mindy Solis

Karl Sherlock

Felicia Williams

Excerpts from Lester Bangs's writings read by

John Kanis

Produced, Written and Directed by

Raul Sandelin

Production Assistant:

Flavia Lacerda

Cinematography:

Tony Butler

A.J. Johnson

Dylan Sandelin

Joe Minnich

Andrew Gil

Editing:

Tony Butler

Xavier Green

Matt Ramos

Sound Design:

Jack Butler

A.J. Johnson

Michael Smith-Ramos

Closed Captioning

Karl J. Sherlock

Lester Bangs film clip

All You Need Is Love:

The Story Of Popular Music

courtesy of Tony Palmer

Songs:

Thee Dark Ages

"The Pain Of Being White"

"I Can't Turn Down"

"LB Stick To Your Guns"

"They Call Us the Goons"

"Heaven's Devils"

"Dark Ages Jam"

The Flying Sandolini

"Where Is the Poet Christ?"

"Running"

"Do You Ride the Bus Alone?"

"Machine Gun"

Jon Kanis

"It Is and It Isn't"

Jack Gimble

"El Cajon Blues"

Robert Williams

"Please Candle With Hair"

Special Thanks:

Liz Albert

Agustin Albarran

Charlie Auringer

Bonnie Bade

Steve Baker

Stuart Batsford

Mike Best

Linda Brewton

Chris Cantore

Janet Castaños

Alain Cola

Richard Colligan

Roberta Cruger

Detroit Sound Conservancy

Robert Duncan

Royce Farrell

Michael Fennelly

Dick Gamble

Mick Garris

Lisa Getz

James Henderson

Oralee Holder

Gary Holdinghausen

Clayton Holstun

Bob Huff

Kent Johnson

Marianne Johnson

Martha Jones

Vanessa Kibbe

Kevin Lampe

MaryAnn Landry

Joe LaVeque

Eldonna Lay

Dave Marsh

Scott McLean

Cathy McConnell Ardans

Stephanie Mood

Thomas Murillo

Robert O'Conner

Old Cajoneans

Samantha Perez

Victor H. Perez

Richard Riegel

Peter Jason Reily, CPA

Patti Roberts

David Roth

Steven Rubio

San Diego Troubadoour

Jarnard Sutton

Jaan Uhelszki

UT San Diego

George Varga

Walter von Westphalen

Jonna Waite

Kenny Weissberg

Susan Whitall

El Cajon Historical Society

Grossmont College Creative Writing Program

Grossmont College Media Communications Department

A Very Special Thanks To

Sydney Brown

Karl Sherlock

William Snead

for providing the logistics that made this project possible . . .

Edward Turner

of

Road Ahead Productions

for providing the generous funding necessary to finish this film

. . . and to the following, for

telling and archiving

Lester Bangs's story and

keeping his legacy alive

for the past 30 years:

Cameron Crowe

Jim Derogatis

Greil Marcus

John Morthland

A Raul Sandelin Films Production

All rights reserved

El Cajon, CA 2013

Disclaimer

A Box Full of Rocks: The El Cajon Years Of Lester Bangs

is a student documentary project; the filmmakers do not

claim ownership or copyright to some of the still images

used in the making of this documentary.  All other footage

and music in this film is original or has been used with

permission of the owners. 

This film is dedicated to all of the

Rock 'n' Roll kids of El Cajon, California.

In memory of Roger D. Anderson

rogerdanderson.com

 

"He was the coolest thing that ever came

out of El Cajon."

SYDNEY BROWN

 

"As soon as it went mainstream,…he

looked down on people that liked stuff

that he used to like."

JACK BUTLER

 

“Music…became something he was

addicted to.”

JIM DeROGATIS

 

"He wanted the experience of intellectual

thought without having to tie himself

down to somebody else's structure."

ROB HOUGHTON

 

"His rebellion keeps coming out because

he wants the authentic real deal."

JON KANIS

 

"He preached something about rock that

many of us lost our way and forgot

about."

STEVE KELLY

 

"I was very fortunate one of my friends

was Lester Bangs; I learned an awful lot

from him."

GARY RACHAC

 

"He was kind of like a hip nerd....He

always liked pretty weird things."

JERRY RANEY

 

"Often forgotten as we're talking about

the performers and musicians of El

Cajon is the popularity of records."

G. RICE CARROLL

 

"Lester was a really curious person, and

that's ... kind of rare."

MINDY SOLIS

 

"El Cajon had a huge part in shaping

who Lester was,…because he lived his

entire adolescence there."

MIKE STAX

 

"He wanted to be a non-member of

everything."

MILT WYATT

 

Director

RAUL SANDELIN