15 Quotes By Lester Bangs About Other Musicians

  1. “The great thing about The Clash of course is that they keep searching for answers beyond that.” – Lester Bangs
  2. “I hate Stanley Clark, but I have to admit he’s playing Jazz whether I like it or not.” – Lester Bangs
  3. “That’s one reason why it’s pretty worthless, I can’t totally buy it, if you think about it, it’s things like the Phil Spector records. On one level they were rebellion, on another level they were keeping the teenager in his place.” – Lester Bangs
  4. “No, I see it as meaning very little at the moment because none of the groups are about anything.” – Lester Bangs
  5. “When kids can’t afford to see it anymore maybe we’ll have a whole resurgence of garage bands all over America and this New Wave thing will start to mean something on a grass roots level.” – Lester Bangs
  6. “The thing is that, they all had real strong personalities and real distinct identities, and I don’t find most of the groups that are coming out now really do.” – Lester Bangs
  7. “I mean Iggy and The Stooges first couple of albums I think sold twenty five thousand between the two of them you know and so to talk in terms of an underground I mean you have to go really to the independent labels and things like that.” – Lester Bangs
  8. “Or like in the early 70’s when we had the reaction against acid rock and all the fuzz tone, and feedback, and the noise. And you had James Taylor and everyone went acoustic and that.” – Lester Bangs
  9. “Most of them are pretty down records, pretty unhappy, pretty confused. Which only reflects how people in general were feeling, I mean really the sense that you get is society running down.” – Lester Bangs
  10. “The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.” – Lester Bangs
  11. “All blues singers are great liars.” – Lester Bangs
  12. “I can guarantee you one thing, we will never agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis.” – Lester Bangs
  13. “Sexual chaos reigns currently, but out of chaos may flow true understanding and harmony, and either way Elvis almost singlehandedly opened the floodgates.” – Lester Bangs
  14. “John Lennon at his best despised cheap sentiment and had to learn the hard way that once you’ve made your mark on history those who can’t will be so grateful they’ll turn it into a cage for you.” – Lester Bangs
  15. “The thing is that, they all had real strong personalities and real distinct identities, and I don’t find most of the groups that are coming out now really do.” – Lester Bangs

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