Tag: Richard Hell

  • Eight Musicians Who’ve Proved Themselves Damn Fine Authors

    Thanks to Frankenstorm, a whole slate of concerts has been wiped out tonight and tomorrow, including this evening’s Joshua Radin/A Fine Frenzy gig at Best Buy Theater–it’s been rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4. As it turns out, Alison Sudol, the brainy beauty behind AFF, is about more than just music, though. Forever literary minded–her songs […]

  • Hunx & His Punx

    Efficiently described by their label as the first-ever girl group fronted by a flamboyant gay male, San Francisco’s Hunx & His Punx hit town behind the winning Too Young to Be in Love, which they recorded with Ivan Julian of Richard Hell’s Voidoids. Would that mean anything if the band didn’t have a bunch of […]


    Johnny Temple, the bassist for post-hardcore rockers Girls Against Boys, has published more than a few musicians since starting Akashic Books in 1996, including Ryan Adams, Lydia Lunch, and Richard Hell. The latest to join Akashic’s roster is Nathan Larson, the lead guitarist for Shudder to Think and award-winning film music composer (Boys Don’t Cry, […]

  • Word Games

    On the cover of Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ 1977 Blank Generation, Hell famously posed with the phrase “You Make Me ___” scrawled across his bare chest. Nearly 20 years later, acclaimed abstract artist Christopher Wool approached Hell for permission to use the words in a painting, and the two have been friends and collaborators […]

  • Rimbaud II: First Love

    Much ink’s been spilled of late on literate songwriters like the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle and Colin Meloy of the Decemberists, but way back, Richard Hell surfaced as a wordsmith even outside the seminal 1977 album Blank Generation. Still, despite verbal acuity and 1984’s semi-retirement from music, he’s tagged as a lit-dabbling artiste because of […]

  • Runny-Nosed Midwesterners Beg Mom for More Junk Food

    If you took the Ponys with you to the supermarket, they would tug on the hem of your jacket, wrench off their sneakers, holler, and cram your shopping cart full of chocolate bars and Pringles. Pleading and whining and getting everyone to stare at them, the Ponys would embarrass you, each pathetic sniffle and brazen […]

  • Bowery Mission

    While hundreds of thousands of young people greeted the last year of the millennium in Times Square, waiting for the ball to drop before scurrying home along Giuliani’s squeaky-clean streets, a rather more bohemian crowd gathered at another landmark: Downtown’s venerable CBGB. Where icons like Debbie Harry and the Ramones and Richard Hell and the […]