Lester Bangs quotes

Jim Morrison? He's a drunken buffoon posing as a poet. C'mon, give me The Guess Who. They got the courage to be drunken buffoons, which makes them poetic.

You cannot make friends with the rock stars. That's what's important. If you're a rock journalist - first, you will never get paid much. But you will get free records from the record company. And they'll buy you drinks, you'll meet girls, they'll try to fly you places for free, offer you drugs... I know. It sounds great. But they are not your friends. These are people who want you to write sanctimonious stories about the genius of the rock stars, and they will ruin rock and roll and strangle everything we love about it.

The only true currency in this bankrupt world... is what you share with someone else when you're uncool.

I'm always home. I'm uncool.

Do you know "The Letter" by The Box Tops is a minute and fifty-eight seconds long. Means nothing. But it takes them less than two minutes to accomplish what it takes Jethro Tull hours to not accomplish.

Don't let those swill merchants rewrite you.

Because they are trying to buy respectability for a form that is gloriously and righteously dumb. And you're smart enough to know that. And the day it ceases to be dumb is the day it ceases to be real. And then it just becomes an industry of... cool.

Great art is about guilt and longing and, you know, love disguised as sex, and sex disguised as love.

That's because we're uncool. And while women will always be a problem for us, most of the great art in the world is about that very same problem. Good-looking people don't have any spine. Their art never lasts. They get the girls, but we're smarter.

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