"Finally, the great American writer gets the book he deserves. Jim DeRogatis’s Let It Blurt is a personal journey through the wit and the world and the ferocious spirit of Lester Bangs…it reads like rock and roll."
"Let It Blurt tells one of the essential rock and roll stories with great affection and panache. Lester Bangs–paradigm, mystery, great writer, tragicomic presence–has been given the biography he deserves…A splendid book."
–Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn
"Lester Bangs lived fast, died young, and left a beautiful body of work. Jim DeRogatis, himself a gifted writer on rock and roll, knows both of Bangs’s worlds–the music and the journalism–and has written an elegy for one of the few critics whose work is worth reading for itself, apart from its subjects."
"To those who knew him, Lester Bangs was a force of nature, ‘larger than life’ and all such biz. For a mere book to capture the full sweep of his mind/body at speed and at rest may be too tall an order, but Let It Blurt is a welcome stab indeed at the whole Lester thing."