Everything you need to understand or teach Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung by Lester Bangs.
This book is a collection of essays by the renowned rock critic Lester Bangs that spans almost his entire career from 1970 right up to his death in 1982. These essays are primarily rock criticism, but they are not strictly limited to that. Bangs eschews the traditional method of criticism where the critic is a passive observer and interjects many personal details into the text.
Throughout the book it becomes clear that Bangs believes rock and roll should be about passionate emotion instead of musical virtuosity. When Bangs is still in his teens he finds this sort of simplistic but emotional rock in bands like Question Mark, the Mysterians, and the Count Five. Somewhat later, Bangs embraces the Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop and the Stooges. Bangs makes the Velvet Underground's lead singer Lou Reed his personal hero. By the end of Bangs' career, he is mostly devoted to punk...
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung Lesson Plans contain 129 pages of teaching material, including: