'In 1972, at the height of the critical infatuation with the idea that making stoopid noises can sometimes result in great rock and roll, Lester Bangs wrote a Rolling Stone review declaring that alice Cooper would someday be regarded as the American Rolling Stones. RS reviews editor Jon Landau cut the line, and when Bangs protested, told the irate critic, 'Lester, someday you'll thank me for this.
In June 1972, Landau received a note from Bangs, who'd gone on to become the enfant terrible of noiz rock criticism at Creem. It read, 'Dear Jon: Two years ago, when I wanted to call Alice Cooper the American Rolling Stones, you wouldn't let me and said that someday I'd thank you. Thank you.'