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Sleeve Notes and Other Music Ephemera

On occasion, record companies and other outside agencies (such as music festivals) would enlist Lester Bangs to write notes, essays, and ephemera. Some were complex, lengthy personal narrative essays bearing Bangs's signature gonzo style, while others were short, straightforward commentaries. Some, in fact, were posthumously excerpted for inclusion on album covers, liner notes, music programs, special reissues, and other promotional materials. 
In this wing of the Special Collections, you'll find transcriptions of Lester Bangs album notes that, until now, were not available on-line. For sleeve notes that have already been adequately transcribed and made available on-line elsewhere, or whose copyright has been protected by subscription services, the bibliography below provides courtesy links instead to those authors. 
A more comprehensive list of ephemera and album notes written by Bangs is included in the "Reference Desk" area of this website. (See "By Bangs.")
If you can contribute in any way to this collection, or can help the curators obtain other transcripts for this Archive, please contact the management.


Amon Düül
Dance of the Lemmings

LP, United Artists, UAS-9954 (1971).

"Amon Düül: A Science Fiction Rock Spectacle.” (unpublished)


For the full six-page text of these notes, see: Eurock: European Rock and the Second Culture. Ed., Archie Patterson. Eurock, 2007. 1-7.

Aman Duul, Dance of the Lemmings
Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival 1972

Official Program Booklet

Program notes extant 

1972 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Fest program
Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival 1973

Official Program Booklet

Program notes extant

1973 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Fest program
The Clash
Clash On Broadway

3CD Boxed Set, Epic/Legacy 46991 (1991)

Supplemental booklet contains excerpts from Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, including "Six Days on the Road to the Promised Land: Part Two."

Clash On Broadway CD boxed set
Comedian Harmonists
Comedian Harmonists

CD, Hannibal Records, HNCD 1445 (1999)

Note: Lester Bangs's unpublished liner notes were originally intended for the 1980 LP release of Comedian Harmonist's self-titled LP on Hannibal Records; however, when finally issued in 1999 on CD (Hannibal Records, HNCD 1445), these liner notes were not included.

Transcribed by John Rockwell. See: Rockwell, John. "An Instant Fan's Inspired Notes: You Gotta Listen." Music. The New York Times 05 September 1999. 

Comedian Harmonists
The Mekons
The Mekons Story 1977-1982

LP, CNT Productions, UK, CNT009 (1982)

Transcribed by Billy Bob Hargus. See: Bangs, Lester. "Notes For The Mekon Story." in Perfect Sound Forever. 

The Mekons Story 1977-1982
The Rolling Stones
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! 40th Anniversary

Deluxe Box Set CD Reissue, UMGD/ABKCO Records, Catalog #02392 (2009)

40th Anniversary booklet includes original 1969 album review by Lester Bangs: 

The Rolling Stones, Get Yer Ya-Yas Out, 40th Anniversary
Talking Heads

Ltd. Edition DVD, Eagle Vision, U.S., EV303259 (2011)

Bonus Material: 1979 Lester Bangs manuscript: 

Talking Heads, Chronology
Again/Here Comes the Night

Double LP, Parrot/London, U.S.A., BP71053-4 (1972)

Transcribed by T. McDevitt


Them featuring Van Morrison
Last Updated: 09/03/2016
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