Bangs, Lester

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Lester Bangs
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Bangs, Lester Gender: M
Leslie Conway Bangs
born on 13 December 1948 at 22:58 (= 10:58 PM )
Place Escondido, California, 33n07, 117w05
Timezone PDT h7w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Taglilatelo
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 22°10' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 25°46 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 00°38'


American writer, a critic of rock musicians and their work, whose first piece appeared in "Rolling Stone" magazine on April 5, 1969. He was known for his acerbic criticism and barbs aimed at the mighty and the fallen.

A prolific writer, he was banned from the magazine in 1973 after several years of contributions because of his "disrespectful" attitude. The prohibition against him lasted until 1978. He joined "Creem" as its critic where he could continue his critiques and moralizing without penalty. There he became an editor but quit in 1976 over a salary dispute. Wanting to write about more serious topics, he never quite hit his stride. Bangs fought him own demons of alcoholism and joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1981 after a stint Austin, TX.

He was found dead in his New York City apartment on April 30, 1982, age 33. He had evidently overdosed on prescription drugs.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 5 April 1969 (A review in Rolling Stone)
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  • Death, Mysterious 30 April 1982 (Age 33 in New York City of drug overdose)
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Source Notes

Nick Dagan Best cites the biography 'Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic' by Jim Derogatis. In the book, he says Bangs "was born without complications at two minutes before eleven on the night of December 13, 1948." (p.1). In the index he says he quotes the birth certificate.


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic
  • Vocation : Writers : Magazine/ newsletter