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Lester Bangs collection

Identifier: MSS 583

Scope and Contents

The Lester Bangs collection contains correspondence, fliers, drafts of articles, photographs, and a mix tape for John Holmstrom.


  • Creation: 1970 - 1982


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Lester Bangs, born Leslie Conway, (1948-1982) was an American music journalist, author, and musician. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential rock critics from the late 1960s throughout the 1970s. Most known for his writings published in Creem and Rolling Stone magazines, he also wrote for The Village Voice, Penthouse, NME, and others. Bangs began freelancing with Creem in 1970, and moved to Detroit when he became the magazine's editor in 1971. He left Creem in 1976 and moved to New York City. His writing style was critical, conversational, boldly honest, and passionate about the music that he loved.


.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased from Boo-Hooray Books in 2018. The provenance of the items became assembled into this collection is indeterminate.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2019.

Finding Aid for the Lester Bangs collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA