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fatal threat to the mother Conway didn t have much use for his wife s religion, but for once he was glad she stood her ground A few years earlier the prison doctor had told him he d never have a child Them doctors seemed to be wrong a lot, he thought, because his son was born without complications at two minutes before eleven on the night of December 13, 1948.The baby arrived weighing eight pounds, eight ounces and exercising what sounded like an extremely healthy pair of lungs The couple named him Leslie Conway in honor of his father, Conway Leslie Once he saw that Norma and the boy were resting peacefully, Conway ran to spread the news to the rest of the family Conway was thrilled to death, said his twenty one year old stepdaughter, Ann St Clair, one of three children from Norma s first marriage When he came up to the house where my husband Ray and I lived, he told us that he had the most beautiful son in the world Because Leslie was born with a full head of black hair enough for three or four babies I didn t think he was very pretty, but that didn t make any difference That was Conway s baby boy.From Ann and Ray s place Conway went to see Ben Catching, Jr., Norma s eldest son At twenty three Ben already had a four year old boy of his own, Ben Catching III The two men drove trucks for Escondido Transit Mix After work they would sit outside Conway and Norma s small rented house near Highway 395, drinking beer on the rickety front porch Early on the morning of December 14 they drank a toast to young Leslie Bangs.For several generations on both sides Leslie s forebears were migratory Southwestern farm workers The families roots in the United States stretched back far enough for the current members to have forgotten the Old World traditions and even their particular European heritages They shared some Scottish and English blood, no doubt, and possibly some Irish and German as well Basically they were the sort of people portrayed in William Faulkner s Barn Burning and Nelson Algren s A Walk on the Wild Side At the time they would have been called Arkies, Okies, drifters, or crackers In his less charitable moments a grown up Leslie would call them white trash.Leslie s paternal grandparents Gady and Leota Bangs crossed the border from Arkansas to Texas around the turn of the century They settled in the country between the small towns of Cooper and Enlow about ninety miles northeast of Dallas Gady farmed, brewed bootleg whiskey, and drank, though not necessarily in that order A broad, squat man with a penchant for oversize cowboy hats, he was as unpleasant and churlish as the plump, round faced Leota was sweet and loving The couple raised five daughters and two sons, including Conway Leslie, born on August 25, 1915 His middle name paid tribute to the sheriff of Delta County, but the family friend never did his namesake any favors In fact, he was one of the men who sent Conway to prison.Conway s first arrest came a few months before his eighteenth birthday, six years after he dropped out of school in the seventh grade Charged with four counts of burglary, he pleaded guilty to one in return for the others being dropped Because of Conway s age the judge suspended the five year sentence, but the conviction stigmatized him nonetheless One day in late 1934 a neighbor accused him of stealing some tools Conway asserted his innocence, but the man wouldn t listen The boy flew into a rage and viciously beat his accuser with a wooden bucket If Conway saw someone being mistreated, man, he would jump right in there, said his sister Imogene He could get angry, but usually when he got angry, he had a right to be angry He wasn t much of a talker, but when he did talk, it meant something And if someone beat him, well, he d just beat them right back.On January 15, 1935, a jury found Conway guilty of assault with intent to murder District Court Judge Charles Chuck Berry sentenced him to five years for the beating and reinstated the original five year sentence for burglary Three weeks later Conway began serving his decadelong term at Huntsville Among the habits noted on his prison record intemperance, use of tobacco, and a disdain for organized religion On the rare occasions later in life when he talked about his incarceration, Conway spoke of being whipped, beaten with chains, and strapped to a plow like a horse One day he begged off the work detail, complaining of a headache and a painful swelling in the groin The guards sent him out into the fields, and the next morning he collapsed The mumps had brought on a case of encephalitis The prison doctor told him he d have died if he went without treatment much longer As it was, he d probably been rendered sterile.Conway completed his sentence on September 11, 1945, and he moved back in with his parents He found work driving dump trucks on construction sites in Dallas, which bustled during the postwar building boom His younger sisters admired his rugged good looks and compared his hardened features to an outdoorsy, Western version of Humphrey Bogart Like his father, Conway sometimes drank to excess, but he was a docile drunk, where alcohol only made Gady meaner The old man s favorite rant was about the new religion that consumed so much of his wife s time Gady would stand in the doorway and curse Leota as she left for Bible study I hope you drive up a goddamn tree and kill yourself he d shout Goddamn you and all your Gee hovah s Witnesses Leota was unflappable Gady, honey, you just relax, and I ll see ya back here in a little bit, she d coo while driving off with her friend, Norma Catching.Conway would watch these scenes and shake his head Norma was nine years his senior She had already buried one husband and raised three children who were living on their own, but he was struck by her youthful beauty Her quiet dignity in the face of his father s vitriol impressed him, and he was glad that she didn t seem to think less of him because he d been to prison He felt like a teenager whenever he talked to her, and he hated to see her go.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 Bangsit reads like rock and roll Cameron CroweLet 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 deservesA splendid book Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless BrooklynLester 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 Roger EbertTo 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 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    • Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic
    • 4.1
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    • Format Kindle
    • 352 pages
    • 0767905091
    • Jim DeRogatis
    • Anglais
    • 26 December 2017

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