• The first essay is written from the perspective of a 90-year old man.
• Count Five is a band which is a derivative of the Yardbirds.
• "Astral Weeks" is an album the author considers to be a major source of hope for those in the 1960s.
• Bangs talks about a song which challenges the listen to love for their fragility and the failings.
Blowing It Up, Part One
• Bangs defends the Stooges and their front man, Iggy Pop.
• Bangs believes that simpler bands turned into inspiration for more arty bands, though this is not the route they should have taken, in his opinion.
• Musical illiteracy, according to Bangs, is a truer form of rock and roll.
Blowing It Up, Part Two
• Bangs discusses the British band, the Troggs.
• "Wild Thing" is a celebration of rock and roll, according to Bangs.
• Bangs fantasizes about murdering James Taylor.
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