(December 13, 1948-April 30, 1982)
Born in Escondido, California
Birth name was Leslie Bangs
Rock critic for Rolling Stone, Creem, the Village Voice, Penthouse and Playboy
Writings collected in 'Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung' (1988) and 'Main Lines, Blood Feasts and Bad Taste' (2003)
Recorded the album 'Jook Savages on the Brazos' (1980)
Portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'Almost Famous' (2000)
Why he might be annoying
He was fired from Rolling Stone for being 'disrespectful to musicians.'
He commented, 'For a while every story seemed like, Lester Bangs gets drunk an insults another pop star.'
He CAPITALIZED PARTS of his reviews. (Just like a random MESSAGE BOARD RANT!)
He called himself 'Last of the white niggers.'
He died by overdosing on the painkiller Darvon and the tranquilizer Valium.
Why he might not be annoying
When he was nine, his alcoholic father died in a house fire.
When he was 11, a middle-aged man coerced him into having sex in exchange for comic books and gum.
He said, 'Everybody comes from a fucked-up family. I'm a living example of not using that as an excuse.'
His first published piece was a review that he sent to Rolling Stone with the note, 'You'd better print this or give me the reason why not!'
Cameron Crowe considered him a mentor.
Credit: C. Fishel
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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 13 Votes: 53.85% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 18 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 15 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 17 Votes: 76.47% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 17 Votes: 76.47% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 25 Votes: 48.00% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 44 Votes: 65.91% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 13 Votes: 46.15% Annoying
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