Rock 'n' Rave
Vickie Casey; Staff Writer
The title of "Let It Blurt: The Life
& Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock
Critic," by Chicago Sun-Times pop music critic and former
Minneapolitan Jim DeRogatis, leaves no mystery about DeRogatis' opinion of
his subject. An infamously loud-mouthed and verbose critic, Bangs was
fueled mainly by one of the three tenets of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
Music provided his livelihood, and his sex life was nothing to brag about,
but Bangs' drug intake was astounding. According to the book, his
favorites included Romilar cough syrup, speed, marijuana, Darvon, Valium,
alcohol, nicotine and Quaaludes. Rarely sober, Bangs' drug habits also led
to his demise, leaving us with one less lunatic to rave about the wonders
of rock 'n' roll.