Robert Houghton

Articles by Robert Houghton

My El Cajon Valley High School days with Lester Bangs

The Creem and Rolling Stone writer was not from the sticks.

He made the front page of the Daily Californian. The paper ran a large photograph of Lester sitting on a bus bench reading a newspaper, his pile of record albums, magazines, and books beside him.

The Ginger Man led a San Diego artist down the road to self-destruction

Was it worth giving up everything to cop a literary pose?

Back in Portland, he kept making frantic telephone calls, begging for his share of the family estate. When the will was closed, I called him to be sure he received his inheritance check, a hefty sum.