“I have no idea what kind of a writer I am, except that I do know that I’m good
and lots of people read whatever it is I do, and I like it that way."—Lester Bangs
You've found the home of Grossmont College's Lester Bangs Archive, an
on-line 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 English instructors Raul Sandelin, Sydney Brown, and
Karl Sherlock, the Archive website originated as a companion project to
the Grossmont College Foundation's May 2010 induction of Bangs into our
Walk of Fame. Since then, it has developed in design and grown in
content, with a variety of research "wings":
a "Reference Desk" with illustrated bibliographies of
books, reviews, articles, liner notes, literary works,
letters,and essays written 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 like "Punk" and "Rock History";
special collections of Bangsiana, including digital
facsimiles, media and ephemera;
other entertaining and informative features, such as a
close-up on Lester Bangs's t-shirts.
The Archive also hosts an updated "News" section showcasing local area
and campus events honoring Bangs's legacy (such as the annual fall
Lester Bangs Memorial Reading), and serves as home to the *Box Full of
Rocks microsite*, containing a free, on-line streaming edition of Raul
Sandelin's feature film documentary, A Box Full of Rocks: The El Cajon
Years of Lester Bangs.
So, if you want to start "going gonzo" right now and explore the GC
Lester Bangs Archive, start by selecting any topic from the main menu
at left, or use our "Site Map" to find out more about what awaits you
on the website!
Karl J. Sherlock, Curator
P.S.: The Grossmont College Lester Bangs Archive is an educational
resource, unaffiliated with any outside commercial agency. We do *not*
sell, trade, consign, or otherwise offer any of the images, resources,
or items represented among these pages. For enquiries about this
site's management, contacts, credits and acknowledgments, please visit
Shown above: a facsimile of the official Creem stationery used by Lester Bangs from 1970 to 1976.