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Rhetoric Project

by Ryan Bailey

Midterm Project for SPCH 472

Lyrics from: 

http://www.spikemagazine.com/0600bangsandmorley.php

Brian Dillon on the lifechanging journalism of Lester Bangs and Paul Morley

 

Lyrics:

Suburban Dublin in the early eighties

offered little to a fourteen-year-old geek

with the sense that there must be more

 to pop than soggy snap and crackle

 

Then one fine day, as Lou might say,

I picked up a music paper and couldn’t believe

My life was saved by rock’n’roll critics.

In the inky pages of the NME I discovered…

 

Bangs! Bangs! Bangs!

A heritage that means something

I caught a moment in history

When pop music mattered

And those who knew it mattered mattered.

 

He teaches you how to think,

not what to think about,

leaving Lester to suburbia

and the writings of the beats

 

Bangs! Bangs! Bangs!

A heritage that means something

I caught a moment in history

When pop music mattered

And those who knew it mattered mattered

 

He would do justice to the rage

And the blur of the music

Indebted to jazz and the Velvets

Before the advent of MTV

 

Bangs! Bangs! Bangs!

A heritage that means something

I caught a moment in history

When pop music mattered

And those who knew it mattered mattered.

 

It was the language of

An outsider

An amateur

A nobody.

He embraced a movement he identified

 

He wrote from the suburbs

 

A place where pop music mattered

more than it did anywhere else.