Lester Bangs Quotes


26 Lester Bangs quotes:



"At its best New Wave/punk represents a fundamental and age-old Utopian dream: that if you give people the license to be as outrageous as they want in absolutely any fashion they can dream up, they'll be creative about it, and do something good besides."
"I mean it's easier to be in a demonstration if it's a trip that's one of the reasons why the whole thing fell apart in 1971, because it wasn't a trip any longer."
"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."
Author: Bangs Quotes Category: American Critic Quotes Rock And Roll Quotes
"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."
"The only questions worth asking today are whether humans are going to have any emotions tomorrow, and what the quality of life will be if the answer is no."
Author: Bangs Quotes Category: Emotions Quotes
"The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious."
"The great thing about The Clash of course is that they keep searching for answers beyond that."
"I hate Stanley Clark, but I have to admit he's playing Jazz whether I like it or not."
"No I don't think it was a myth at all, anymore than what the recession that the whole country was experiencing was a myth, which obviously seems like it's going to get worse and worse."
"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."
"And doing so you can recreate yourself and you can also come up with something that is not only original and creative and artistic, but also maybe even decent, or moral if I can use words like that, or something that's like basically good."
"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."
"I mean the interesting thing I think would be if something happened like, what happened in England where all these kids that all of a sudden can't afford the ticket prices."
"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."
"Basically no, I mean I think that it's very easy to like I say, smoke a joint or even to wear a Chairman Mao button, or do a lot of these things with out knowing what's behind it, and what it really means."
"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."
"They wouldn't be heroes if they were infallible, in fact they wouldn't be heroes if they weren't miserable wretched dogs, the pariahs of the earth, besides which the only reason to build up an idol is to tear it down again."
"The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience."
Author: Bangs Quotes Category: American Critic Quotes Contempt Quotes
"I don't see that there are any particular changes in popular music."
"Things do go in cycles so I never believe rock was really dead it was really finished or had it, it just comes back in a different form."



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