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Lester Bangs (1948–1982)

Noted rock music critic and journalist Leslie Conway "Lester" Bangs was born on December 13, 1948 in Escondido, California. His mother Norma Belle was a Jehovah's Witness while his Conway Lesley Bangs was a drunk and a truck driver who died in a fire when Bangs was only nine years old. Lester was raised by his mother in El Cajon in San Diego ... See full bio »

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 1977 All You Need Is Love (TV Series documentary) (script - 1 episode)
- Whatever Gets You Through the Night: Glitter Rock (1977) ... (script - uncredited)
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 1977 All You Need Is Love (TV Series documentary)
- Imagine: New Directions (1977) ... Himself
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 2012 Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (Documentary)
 2011 Troubadours (Documentary)

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(June 17 to 28, 2015) His writings, "How to Be a Rock Critic," were adapted by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen at in a South Coast Repertory co-production world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre Upstairs in Los Angeles, California with Erik Jensen in the cast. Jessica Blank was also director.

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 3 Articles | See more »


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Here we are in the 70's when everything really is horrible and it really stinks. The mass media, everything on television everything everywhere is just rotten. You know it's just really boring and really evil, ugly and worse. See more »


Struggled with alcoholism throughout his adult life. See more »



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