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Music, All Shook Down Richard Hell at City Lights: "To Me, S.F. Is Where Sex Is Everywhere"

Richard Hell at City Lights: "To Me, S.F. Is Where Sex Is Everywhere"

Richard Hell City Lights Bookstore Monday, March 25, 2013 Better than: Everything else happening in North Beach last night. The walls of City Lights Bookstore are littered with relics of past literary events, and it's difficult to scan the posters…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Richard Hell: Defining the Look of Punk

Richard Hell: Defining the Look of Punk

By Silke TudorIn 1974, the band Television had a weekly "residency" at a skuzzy biker bar called CBGBs, and Patti Smith wrote one of their first reviews. After rhapsodizing about Tom Verlaine's swanlike neck, she turned to Richard Hell --…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blank Page Generation

Blank Page Generation

In 1974, the band Television had a weekly "residency" at a skuzzy biker bar called CBGBs, and Patti Smith wrote one of their first reviews. After rhapsodizing about Tom Verlaine's swanlike neck, she turned to Richard Hell — his look,…
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Music, Reviewed The Nice Boys

The Nice Boys

The word "nice" is a milquetoast descriptor, conjuring images of scooting your way through life with a lot of pipsqueaked "Excuse me"s. Of course, there's the Guns N' Roses treatise on the subject, "Nice Boys," in which Axl howls that…
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Music, Reviewed Trainwreck Riders

Trainwreck Riders

It doesn't seem appropriate that Trainwreck Riders will likely get lumped into the alt-country taxonomy. Sure, the telecaster pluck and scrappy punk spirit calls to mind the genre's forbearers — certainly the distorted smear on "Find Your Way Home" suggests…
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Calendar, Night&Day Versed

Versed

It may come as a shock to realize that Richard Hell, famed punk of bands such as the Voidoids, was originally a published poet. It's not surprising that he was interested in poetry, since late-1960s New York was awash in…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Light One Up

Light One Up

SAT 5/14 When art majors say "light," they're usually referring to painterly shadows or shading techniques like chiaroscuro. But when the artists of BORG2 say it, they likely mean the real McCoy: high-voltage incandescent bulbs, otherworldly neon, tesla coils, black…
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Carved in Rock: Short Stories by Musicians

Edited by Greg Kihn Thunder's Mouth Press (2003), $26.50 Idiot shivers: a brief epileptic episode coupled with an acute chill; induced by witnessing feats of incomparable idiocy. See Joan Jett's short story "Bad Reputation." Sure, it sounded like a good…
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Suspicious Minds

Is there a more Important Question than this: Who has the best hair in the history of rock 'n' roll? Like any red-blooded American girl, I've done my share of flirting -- licked my lips at Richard Hell's projectile tresses…
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Needles and Pins

Legs McNeil was a founder of Punk magazine; Gillian McCain is the program coordinator of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in New York City. Since their new book, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, tells…
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Suspicious Minds

Is that a needle in your pocket or are you just glad to see me? Welcome to the bad old days. Richard Hell, still New York punk's reigning nihilist, begins his new novel, Go Now, this way: "1980" -- a…
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