King of Heists: The Sensational Bank Robbery of 1878 That Shocked America. In early December of the same year, they recorded an album as "Lester Bangs and the Delinquents", entitled Jook Savages on the Brazos, released the following year. Elrod, Heather Graham and Charlaine Harris donated books and services to raise funds for Banks, as did others in the literary community.[9]. Reviewing the 1986 LP "Birdland" with Lester Bangs, Robert Christgau gave it a B-plus and said, "musically he always had the instincts, and words were no problem."[27]. This article is about the American music journalist. In 1977, Bangs recorded, as a solo artist, a 7" vinyl single named "Let It Blurt/Live", mixed by John Cale and released in 1979. "Sour Creem: The Life, Death and Strange Resurrection of America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine". Later that night, Bangs' friend found him unresponsive, lying on a couch in his apartment. It was groveling obeisance to people who weren't that special, really. She was fine with his criminal life, until she found out that Leslie was spending large amounts of time and money on different women. The corrupted politicians and police left the city to the many gangs that occupied it. [1] After graduating, he ran his own architectural firm in Cincinnati. Not long after the Manhattan Savings institution robbery, the police arrested most of his gang, and brought them in on robbery charges. [1] Throughout some of their marriage, his wife was clueless about his criminal activity. Pinkerton, Allan. [2] It was believed that they pocketed over seven million dollars in all, and Leslie himself was never caught. She married Michael Esdaile,[when? [8] He had a connection with The San Diego Door, an underground newspaper of the late 1960s. [8] In 1971, he wrote a feature for Creem on Alice Cooper, and soon afterward he moved to Detroit. [2], About 1870, Leslie made Philadelphia his headquarters, and stayed at a boarding house ran by Mary E. Coath. Birdland broke up within two months of this rare recording (in which the cassette tape from the session became the master, mixed by Ed Stasium and released by Leigh only in 1986). [1], Before every robbery, he would obtain, if possible, the building's blueprints. Bangs was born in Escondido, California. Following the move to Cincinnati, Leslie began his education towards becoming an architect in local schools. [1], After Leslie's disappearance in May 1878, his body was found lying in a bush at Tramp's Rock in Yonkers, New York on June 4, 1878. NOTE: The Darkness (10), The Shadows (11), and The Thirteenth (12) are called The Armageddon Finale to The Vampire Huntress (trademark) Legend Series. For the British/German music journalist, see. The end result was a completely uncut and un-dubbed recording that displayed raw music. Not long after his arrival, Leslie fell into the criminal lifestyle of the gangs. Early life and career. There were bullet holes in the back of his head: one by each ear, and one under the right side of his nose. His associates would follow his instructions to carry out the job. The literary community also rallied around the ailing author, with several supporters starting a series of auctions where the proceeds went towards Banks' medical care.

Lindberg, Ulf; Gudmundsson, Gestur; Michelsen, Morten; Weisethaunet, Hans (2005). "[10], In 1973, Jann Wenner fired Bangs from Rolling Stone for "disrespecting musicians" after a particularly harsh review of the group Canned Heat. New York: Caxton Book Concern. North. 90 with Bangs' declamation in the song "One Horse Town". Repr. From the time Leslie arrived in the east to 1878, it was estimated that Leslie and his gang were responsible for eighty percent of the bank robberies in America. It was revealed that due to the extreme costs of her medical care, her family opened up a charitable fund in her name in one of the local Pennsylvania banks. Print. The gang believed that he was not focused on his job, and that he was spending too much time being a consultant for other gangs. [21][22], At the time of his death, Bangs appeared to be listening to music.

Following their wedding, they moved to New York where they lived a life of a society couple. [19] Creem was also among the earliest publications to give sizable coverage to hard rock and metal artists such as Motörhead, Kiss, Judas Priest, and Van Halen. [2] Even though that was most amount of money that they had ever stolen, Leslie's gang ran into unexpected problems. For a price, he would travel to wherever the robbery was to take place and plan the operation for other gangs.

Earlier that day he had bought a copy of "Dare" by the English synth-pop band The Human League, according to Jim DeRogatis's well-sourced biography "Let It Blurt." Walling, George Washington. Google Books. [6] The police knew that he was not murdered there because they found no blood at the scene. Although they both had their roots in jazz, the two wanted to create an old school rock & roll group. A Burglar's Guide to the City. Find Death information for people with the Date of Birth and/or Date of Death you specify. [4], Leslie's gang slowly fell apart due to issues with dividing up the money they stole. Professional thieves and the detective: with a sketch by the author how he became a detective etc. [2][3] The music critic Jim DeRogatis called him "America's greatest rock critic".[4].

[6] Norma Belle was a devout Jehovah's Witness. "A WESTCHESTER MYSTERY. Early into his childhood, his father moved the family from their home of New York City to Cincinnati, Ohio. THE POLICE SAY HE WAS A BURGLAR A WOMAN IN THE CASE",, Pages using Infobox person with deprecated parameter home town, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Leslie Ann (Kellett) Pepin, 52 years, a resident of Arundel, died unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, september °•°1, 2014. [10] She is survived by her daughter, Helena Esdaile. Weeks later, he disappeared, and his wife never saw him again. ]; they had one child, a daughter, Helena Esdaile. [24], On one occasion, while the J. Geils Band were playing in concert, Bangs climbed onto the stage, typewriter in hand, and typed a supposed review of the event, in full view of the audience. His first piece was a negative review of the MC5 album Kick Out the Jams, which he sent to Rolling Stone with a note requesting, if the magazine were to decline to publish the review, that he be given a reason for the decision; no reply was forthcoming, as the magazine did indeed publish the review. They got away with about $768,879, but left approximately two million dollars on the floor of the bank. Because it seemed to me that the whole thing of interviewing as far as rock stars and that was just such a suck-up. The couple divorced and she remarried, to Al Banks, in 2000. N.p. Sometimes he would set up a room to resemble the inside of the target so that his men could practice the robbery while Leslie watched. [11], Bangs began freelancing for Detroit-based Creem in 1970. Print. ; WAS IT A MURDER?

Banks. At the end of planning the robbery in May 1878, Leslie vanished. Bangs's criticism was filled with cultural references, not only to rock music but also to literature and philosophy. [5] Sometimes he would rent a safe-deposit box or open an account at a particular bank, which gave him an excuse to spend time in the building and observe its layout and operation. Due to his architectural skills, he quickly went to the top of the ranks in the criminal world. [5], The most famous robbery that they pulled off was the Manhattan Savings Institution robbery of October 1878. The recording took place at the under renovation Electric Lady Studios. 2008. She won several literary awards, including the 2008 Essence Literary Awards Storyteller of the Year.[2][3]. 20 Feb. 2017. [4] There were also rumors that he was being unfaithful with many women, and those women included his associate Tom Draper's wife. All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music, Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic. Lardner, James, and Thomas A. Reppetto. New York: Vintage, 2008. The more important associates in the Leslie Gang were Tom "Shang" Draper, Jimmy Hope, "Banjo" Pete Emerson, Jimmy Brady, Abe Coakley, John "Red" Leary, "Worchester" Sam Parris. This eventually led to problems in his marriage and later in his gang. [5] Both of his parents were from Texas: his father from Enloe and his mother from Pecos County. Writing in Stereo Review, Bangs described the album Funky Kingston by Toots and the Maytals as "perfection, the most exciting and diversified set of reggae tunes by a single artist yet released". THE MYSTERY SURROUNDING THE DISCOVERY OF AN UNKNOWN DEAD MAN IN A COPSE OF BRUSH NEAR YONKERS PARTICULARS OF THE CASE", "THE WESTCHESTER MURDER; IDENTIFICATION OF THE BODY. Leigh brought in his post-punk band, The Rattlers (David Merrill on bass; Matty Quick on drums), and cut "Birdland with Lester Bangs". [9], Bangs wrote about the death of Janis Joplin in 1970 from a drug overdose: "It's not just that this kind of early death has become a fact of life that has become disturbing, but that it's been accepted as a given so quickly. NYPD: A City and Its Police. On May 10, 1878, Leslie met with his wife and told her that he was in discredit with his associates, mentioned an assassination that may occur, and gave her money. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016. He also had connections with a few crooked cops and politicians, so it was less likely that he would be arrested.[5]. Print. Google Books. "'Dare' was spinning on the turntable, and the needle was stuck on the end groove," DeRogatis wrote.[23]. Bangs was enamored of the noise music of Lou Reed,[18] and Creem gave significant exposure to artists such as Reed, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Captain Beefheart, Blondie, Brian Eno, and the New York Dolls years earlier than the mainstream press.

Later in life, Leslie and his associates were having problems. Bangs wrote the essay/interview "Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves" about Reed in 1975. After leaving Creem in 1976, he wrote for The Village Voice, Penthouse, Playboy, New Musical Express, and many other publications. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Fiction Factor – Building Characters Through Realism, "LABANKSAUCTION.ORG (at the WayBack Machine Archive), Donated, Designed and Maintained by Charles & DC DeVane, DCD Productions, Organizer of the Items, Distribution & Details by Jo Carol Jones, Marketing by Sheila Clover English of COS, Renee Bernard & Anne Elizabeth", The Vampire Huntress Legend Series Website,, Philadelphia High School for Girls alumni, Women science fiction and fantasy writers, 20th-century American non-fiction writers, 21st-century American non-fiction writers, All articles with vague or ambiguous time, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 July 2020, at 01:40.