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About This Site

2010 Walk of Fame pamphlet cover

History:

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. 

Site Overview: 

The Lester Bangs Archive is divided into several virtual wings:

THE REFERENCE DESK: 

bibliographies and compendia of the writings by Lester Bangs and about Lester Bangs. Includes

About Bangs:

bibliography of works about Lester Bangs and related topics, divided into headings: books and dissertations; selected reviews; articles and essays; selected blogs; related and recommended reading; related and recommended viewing;

By Bangs:

a bibliography of writing with Lester Bangs authorship, including nonfiction and foreign language editions, collaborations, primary and secondary sources, album notes, letters, literary writing and reviews;

Discography:

an illustrated catalog of official and unofficial music releases, including solo works, collaborations, compilations, covers, and production attributions;

Lyrics:

a compendium of known lyrics to official releases, demos, unpublished works and/or unproduced works with attributions to Lester Bangs, including co-writing credits and covers adapted by Bangs;  

Multimedia: 

citations and external links to media clips, audio and video, featuring or discussing Lester Bangs;

Timeline: 

a chronology of events pertinent to Lester Bangs's life;

Tribute: 

illustrated index of works, projects, bands, attributions, dedications, and lyrics mentioning or otherwise honoring Lester Bangs;

Who's Who:

a roster of artists and musicians with whom Bangs performed or recorded music.

COLLECTIONS: 

offerings of special interest to Bangs researchers and enthusiasts, including facsimiles of early letters, ephemera, and exclusive transcriptions of sleeve notes. Includes

Ephemera and Art: 

assorted ephemera, including posters, flyers, art work, and other unclassifiable materials;

Lester To a Tee: 

an annotated examination of the tee-shirts Lester Bangs wore.

Letters:

Lester Bangs early letters, donated exclusively for this archive (coming soon); 

Picture Gallery: 

a collection of selected images of Lester Bangs;

Sleeve Notes:

Transcriptions of selected album and program sleeve notes; linked references to album note transcriptions on-line;

DOCUMENTARY: 

a showcase for locally-made documentaries about Lester Bangs and his milieu, including A Box Full of Rocks: The El Cajon Years of Lester Bangs.       

Acknowledgments:

The GC Lester Bangs Archive was initially launched in 2010 with support from the following:

  • Ernest Ewin and the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges
  • Sunita V. Cooke, Ph.D., former Grossmont College President, and the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District 
  • Janet Castanos, Ph.D., former Dean of English and Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • Dr. Oralee Holder, Chair of the Grossmont College English Department
  • Sydney Brown, Stephanie Mood, Julie Cardenas, Ryan Griffith, and Karl Sherlock of the Grossmont College Creative Writing Program
  • San Diego Troubadour Music Journal
  • The World Arts and Cultures Committee of Grossmont College

Additional thanks to the following individuals and their on-line sources consulted in the research for this archive:

  • Jim DeRogatis
  • The Farmers (Jerry Raney)
  • Jon Kanis
  • Private Domain Band (Jack Butler)
  • Gary Rachac, on Facebook
  • Road Ahead Productions (Ed Turner)
  • Shambles
  • Andy Shernoff
  • Ugly Things Magazine
  • The Uncool (Cameron Crowe Official Website)
Last Updated: 05/01/2019
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