I think this is the first time I’m hearing Lester Bangs’ voice. It’s strange hearing a writer’s actual voice and trying to match it with the voice of their writing. Often it doesn’t match, and sometimes it’s harder to read a piece when you know how it sounds when that writer speaks. What all that said, I think Bangs’ voice matches his writing – a drunken seriousness that’s sloppy yet to the point.
I also agree 100% with his thoughts on Beatlemania.