||fnord 11:35 am MST 04/06/18|
|If you are a music fan, you probably know who Lester Bangs was. He was a music critic and writer in the 1970s who garnered a lot of comparisons to Hunter S Thompson for his fearless, gonzo style, his affection for drug use, and the fact that he was a world class author who seemed to be slumming it in his chosen field (writing for magazines like Creem and Rolling Stone and The Village Voice). |
I'm reading one of his collections right now. Lester wrote a long essay about Elvis, his public image and his legacy, on the event of his death in 1977. In that essay, Bangs used a very interesting phrase: "erection of the heart." No, really, it's right there in the book. The previous owner of the book even highlighted it for us.
I have no doubt Jim was familiar with Bangs' work-- Jim's a music fan and would no doubt keep up with a figure like Lester. Is this where Jim first heard the phrase? Or did he use it himself earlier and somehow influence Bangs?
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