Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Richard Hell

Richard Hell (born October 2, 1949) is the professional name of Richard Meyers, an American singer, songwriter, bass guitarist and writer. He is probably best-known as frontman for the early punk rock band Richard Hell & the Voidoids. Their 1977 album, Blank Generation, influenced many other punk bands. The title song is ranked as one of the all-time top ten punk songs by a 2006 poll of original British punk figures, as reported in the Rough Guide to Punk. Hell was an originator of the punk fashion look, the first to spike his hair and wear torn, cut and drawn-on shirts, often held together with safety pins.
Since the late eighties Hell has devoted himself primarily to writing, publishing two novels, as well as several other books. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_hell)

… compere and poems …

com·pere (kŏm'pâr') Chiefly British
The master of ceremonies, as of a television entertainment program or a variety show.

po·em (pō'əm)
1. A verbal composition designed to convey experiences, ideas, or emotions in a vivid and imaginative way, characterized by the use of language chosen for its sound and suggestive power and by the use of literary techniques such as meter, metaphor, and rhyme.
2. A composition in verse rather than in prose.
3. A literary composition written with an intensity or beauty of language more characteristic of poetry than of prose.
4. A creation, object, or experience having beauty suggestive of poetry.

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Before his time with the Voivods, Hell was in Television with his childhood friend Tom Verlaine (who played Pandora's 84). When he quit/was fired from Television he started the Heartbreakers, together with Johnny Thunders (also on Pandora's 84).

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