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Selected Lester Bangs Media

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This page contains a selected bibliography of Lester Bangs media on the internet (primarily YouTube). Categories include...

Selected Media Channels and Playlists
Interviews
Miscellaneous Multimedia
Music

For an illustrated catalogue of official and unofficial Lester Bangs releases, visit Discography. To stream the full-length documentary, Box Full Of Rocks: The El Cajon Years of Lester Bangs, visit Videography.


SELECTED MEDIA CHANNELS AND PLAYLISTS

 

Lester Bangs Playlist YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRZxMUq_A9eXBNhcPJnoD_SkezxuYnaCZ 

Lester Bangs and The Delinquents YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqov9WDDOZzCYxJIKjzgGsg 

Captain Beefheart/Lester Bangs Music Channel
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAF07AE01884246D6 

 
INTERVIEWS


Lester Bangs interview (Jim DeRogatis)
https://youtu.be/yOSch7bGuok
duration: 00:05:32
Presented April 23, 2014 before the screening of Almost Famous, at Chicago's Music Box Theatre
 
Lester Bangs Interview (Sue Matthews)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH8MztYDAEQ
duration: 01:28:51 min
Sue Matthews interviews Lester Bangs, May 13, 1980. Full interview.

Lester Bangs on The Beatles
https://youtu.be/sHndiDyV1Ow 
Published on Mar 2, 2015
duration: 00:00:58
source:JPMcFly1985Two #FeelTheBern (YouTube)

Village Voice music writer Lester Bangs opines about Beatlemania, nostalgia, and John Lennon; originally film in 1981, and sourced from a 1982 show, FM-TV.

Lester Bangs on Jethro Tull
https://youtu.be/-2k_JdPG2-Y 
Published on Feb 27, 2014
duration: 00:00:54
source: QuizzVid (YouTube)
Lester Bangs's commentary on Jethro Tull, excerpted from the 1974 UK Rock music series, All You Need Is Love (dir. Tony Palmer).

Lester Bangs on Music and Celebrities
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOqo6scHOwc&list=PLGXuvxI9C6nD9pRQtv-czuUof3FKH4NUX 
duration: 00:02:01
Topics: Rock, same old music; Brian Ferry; Emerson, Lake and Palmer; waiting for the Renaissance.

Lester Bangs on Technology in Music
duration: 1:43 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKvnAO3kHAs 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-ERSONvQZE 
Late night radio program featuring Lester Bangs commenting on musical miscegenation
duration: 1:03 min.

Lester Bangs versus Bryan Ferry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycneOGo6fPc 
duration: 3:20 min
Short segment from a 70s British documentary called 'All You Need is Love' featuring rock critic Lester Bangs's critical commentary.

Robert Christgau Interview (Rock 'n' Roll Animal)
Part 1

http://youtu.be/OTCZq_n-5qA 
duration: 00:09:41
Part 2
http://youtu.be/qmDs3BQqYFA 
duration: 00:09:10
Part 3
http://youtu.be/SuS4FYEx4GA 
duration: 00:04:59
Part 4
http://youtu.be/QYJ35B_P9qQ 
duration: 00:07:41
Documentary portrait of esteemed music journalist Robert Christgau directed by Paul Lovelace in 1999. Features musicians Jon Langford, Arto Lindsay and Modest Mouse and writers Georgia Christgau, Anthony DeCurtis, Carola Dibbell, Nelson George, Richard Goldstein, Joe Levy, Ann Powers, John Rockwell, Eric Weisbard and Ellen Willis.

Photographer Bob Gruen Interview (RAWTalk)
RAWTalk. “An Interview with Bob Gruen: John and Yoko's Person Photographer.” RAWTalk #40 18 Jun 2013.
https://youtu.be/yKuSbBke5uw 
duration: 00:56:04
A filmed radio interview with New York photographer Bob Gruen, who chronicled the heyday of Rock and Roll, captured Lester Bangs during his New York years, and became John Lennon and Yoko Ono's personal photographer.

   
MISCELLANEOUS MULTIMEDIA

lectures, trailers, dramatizations, etc. 

  
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me [documentary film trailer]
https://youtu.be/OFAGUbJPXOI 
duration: 00:02:23
source: Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing, 2012
Trailer for a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. Contains video segment of a 1970s interview with Lester Bangs, in which Bangs equates Memphis rock band Big Star with The Beatles.
 
CREEM Magazine in Birmingham: Pop Cultural Mayhem, Rock Stars and Lester Bangs 
https://youtu.be/wisdE2P9doU 
duration: 01:16:58
source: Baldwin Public Library, 2014
Leslie Pielack, Director of the Birmingham Historical Museum, leads a lecture and discussion about rock music and CREEM Magazine

Lester Bangs - Libri Rock 'n Roll - Recensione 
https://youtu.be/cntislqQ6n0 
duration: 00:02:55
source: YouTube 
JacknRoll's 2014 tongue-in-cheek Italian language book review of Lester Bangs's Impubblicabile! (the Italian translation by A. Mioni, of Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste and Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung).
 
Lester Bangs: Lou Reed v. Lester Bangs
http://vimeo.com/21707444 
duration: 00:11:46
source: Vimeo (French language only), Public Alea, 2011
A pastiche of a 1974 conversation between Lou Reed and Lester Bangs; a teaser for an unreleased French film dramatizing the life of Lester Bangs.
 
How to be a Rock Critic
https://youtu.be/XXQ5F56lM9k 
duration: 00:01:06
source: Center Theatre Group
Actor Erik Jensen's excerpt as Lester Bangs in How to be a Rock Critic, a co-production with South Coast Repertory staged at the Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre in June 2015.
 
Lester Bangs Obituary (dramatic recreation)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-ak6sUbDDs 
duration: 00:04:02
A tribute montage to Lester Bangs using archival film clips and a reporting style narration. 
 
Ricky Shore Vlog #143
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixRbGTj_Q90 
duration: 00:03:26
Ricky Shore comments on Lester Bangs, Velvet Underground, and Pauline Kael.
 
Rock and Roll and Lester Bangs
http://vimeo.com/55585784 
duration: 00:01:26
source: Vimeo, Tom Law, 2013 
A collaborative short animation by Jason Reicher and Tom Law, created for CalArts Rock and Roll and Movies class.
 
A Tribute to Lester Bangs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOA8LSqoYpY 
duration: 00:04:40
A collection of quotes and video footage of Lester Bangs; songs includes I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges.

Who Coined the Term, Grunge?
https://youtu.be/RvpnewxHflY 
duration: 00:01:08
source: Ongoing History of New Music, 2015
Hosted by Alan Cross, this video factoid looks at the questionable origins of the term, grunge, and its possibly erroneously attribution to Lester Bangs.

 

MUSIC

SOLO BANGS 

Let It Blurt 7-inch single A-side (1977)
3:38 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk5CPhHpl2M 

Live (Let It Blurt 7-inch single B-Side, 1977)
3:49 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-dDC-pN5Ro 
 
Sister Ray 7 flexi disc EP (1990)
3:05
https://youtu.be/bqYJFiZR9rI 
 

LESTER BANGS AND THE DELINQUENTS

Accidents Of God
4:08 min.
https://youtu.be/HBoOWuTO_Uc 
 
Fade Away
2:28 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1Gf-GQ3Xjg  
 
I Just Want To Be a Movie Star
4:57 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKGZ4DkIEh0 

I'm In Love With My Walls
2:49 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MoMqFSV_ks 
 
Life Is Not Worthy Living (But Suicide Is a Waste of Time)
2:52 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1Gf-GQ3Xjg 
 
Nuclear War
2:20 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf7YuXlNMIY 
 

BIRDLAND WITH LESTER BANGS

Accidents Of God
3:05 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBoOWuTO_Uc&list=PLB745FF40C7DC791A 
 
Fade Away
2:15 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuS2R--4K4Y&list=PLB745FF40C7DC791A 

God Sends Grace (rehearsal tape; Lester Bangs/ Mickey Leigh)
duration: 2:43 min.
http://youtu.be/wQexTL0GXWc
 
I Fought the Law
2:05 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPEaSLX1Ae8&list=PLB745FF40C7DC791A 
 
I'm In Love With My Walls
2:20 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6soAslbfBc&list=PLB745FF40C7DC791A 
 
Kill Him Again
2:50 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN7y7ZwwQ3U&list=PLB745FF40C7DC791A 
 
The Killer
3:50 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T23HujISuPc&list=PLB745FF40C7DC791A 
 
Let All Come Down (Lester Bangs/ Mickey Leigh)
duration: 2:43 min.
http://youtu.be/PvGkWYEIj-U 
 
Let All Come Down (alt)
2:40 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BcZSWYbnRM&list=PLB745FF40C7DC791A 

Loneliness (Mickey Leigh's New Yorkestra; written by Mickey Leigh and Lester Bangs)
duration: 4:06 min.
http://youtu.be/dtzpsMrfu_U 
 
Textbook Case
3:15 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3RyhCHJVjc&list=PLB745FF40C7DC791A 
 
There's a Man In There
3:40 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgNyPLAcGAc&list=PLB745FF40C7DC791A 
 
Time Has Come Today [OfficialMickeyLeigh lost demo]
duration: 00:02:25
https://youtu.be/_O5dnHnHtlI 
 

THE CREEM OFFICE SESSIONS WITH PETER LAUGHNER

Cry Your Blues Away (My True Story)
1:19 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UefgaTuxac0 
 
Drugstore Cowboy
1:41 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnXMBzjxiAA 
 
G'Bye Lou
4:04 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTBDZAtGOjc 
 
G'Bye Lou Too
1:34 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtY67ZqV80Q 
 
G'Bye Lou Three
1:57 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnNtfjIrs-4&list=PL573B4B064BDB5EE9 
 
I'm So Bored
2:17 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBenYrKTDxU 
 
Lester Ray
4:28 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH4HwmaB6WM 
 
Little Bit of Heaven
6:15 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLRdoWgFkEc 
 
Random Banter / Like a Rolling Stone [fragment]
1:01 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEwTgM6DdBY 
 
Seventeen
3:21 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW3pgFKnS28 

 
Last Updated: 08/20/2016

 

 

  

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