Mike Opitz Song Writing and Theory Project

Featuring the Karma Refugees

Almost Famous

Almost Famous , Cameron Crowe, Lester Bangs

Wiki article on the film.


Clips of Philip Seymour Hoffman playing Lester Bangs in the film.

Article from Spin by the woman who shared an office with Lester Bangs—commenting on how Philip Seymour Hoffman internalized the role.


Almost Famous deleted scene:

10. Lester Bangs, Van Morrison, Astral Weeks

This is an assignment the I was forced to cut from the class, but a great experience nonetheless. One of the classic and best rock albums of the golden age of the album was Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. It is lyrically very dark and jazz inflected. The experience is to listen to the album. It is a masterpiece of alienation that I compare to Catcher in the Rye—only set in Belfast. The bass line is magical.

The Wiki article has the interesting history of the album and a gloss of each song.


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