Friday, May 04, 2012

Books: Lester Bangs, Christa Faust

Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor DungPsychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung by Lester Bangs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lester Bangs was a legendary rock 'n' roll critic during the 1970's, one who combined a keen analytical mind with the "gonzo journalism" of writers like Hunter S. Thompson. This anthology collects some of his best known work originally published in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and Creem. Where most music reviews are short and to the point, Bangs was the master of the long form review, often digressing into his own topics but remaining fresh and funny throughout. Some of his best work is just intoxicated with words, such as long pieces on The Stooges and Iggy Pop, an epic three part article about touring England with the Clash, and legendary verbal-combat interviews with Lou Reed. Bangs is always up front and in your face, which is where the power of these articles lies, the passion that Bangs brings to the music that he writes about is very impressive. Definitely a must read for those interested in punk rock or the music scene of the 1970's. Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung -

Butch Fatale, Dyke Dick - Double D Double Cross Butch Fatale, Dyke Dick - Double D Double Cross by Christa Faust

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Butch Fatale is a tough, no-nonsense private eye getting by in a difficult hardscrabble life in Los Angeles. She is hired by a chef whose girlfriend has gone missing and hasn't been seen in days. Butch is slow pulled into an evolving mystery revolving prostitution and a shady escort service, mobsters, cops and a double dealing military vet with connections all the way to the top. All of the ideas that make crime fiction some memorable are presented here, although in a slightly different way. Since Butch is a lesbian, the femme fatale character is literally a femme, but other then the sexual orientation of the characters, this is just good solid crime fiction (OK, with a bit of erotica thrown in) with well built characters, an interesting plot line and a riotous scene on a California beach which concludes the novel and must be read to be believed. Definitely recommended for open-minded crime fiction fans. Butch Fatale, Dyke Dick - Double D Double Cross -

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