WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Gonzo journalist, arguably America's greatest rock critic, and inventor of the word "punk," legendary music writer Lester Bangs was an American icon. Outsized, manic, chaotic, and improbably creative, Bangs traveled with some of the most mythologized musical figures of the 20th century: the Clash, Bob Marley, and Lou Reed — peeling away the veneer between star and audience and exposing the greats as flawed human beings. As the ragged, rebel ethos of the 1970s gave way to the corporate pop of the '80s, Bangs lost the myth he'd built a life around and died of a drug overdose in 1982.
This solo play by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen (award-winning writers of The Exonerated and Aftermath) adapts Bangs's writing to chart the life, work, and death of one of the 20th century's most groundbreaking, risk-taking, pioneering voices.