Richard Hell

related topics
{album, band, music}
{film, series, show}
{work, book, publish}
{son, year, death}
{woman, child, man}
{school, student, university}

Richard Hell (born Richard Lester Meyers; October 2, 1949) is a singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, and writer.

Hell 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. Its title song was named "One of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock" by music writers in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listing,[1] and, for instance, 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.[2]

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.[3] Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, has said Hell was an important inspiration for the Sex Pistols' look and attitude, as well as the safety-pin accessorized clothing McLaren sold in his London shop, Sex.[4] (Some members of the Sex Pistols dispute this.)

Since the late 1980s Hell has devoted himself primarily to writing, publishing two novels, as well as several other books. He was the film critic for BlackBook magazine from 2004–2006.



Early life and career

Hell grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, in the 1950s. His father was an experimental psychologist, researching animal behavior. He died when Hell was seven years old. Hell was raised by his mother, who, after her husband's death, returned to school and eventually became a professor.

Hell attended Sanford Preparatory in Delaware for one year (the 11th grade) where he became friends with Tom Miller (later Tom Verlaine).[5] They ran away from school together and were arrested in Alabama for arson and vandalism a short time later.

Full article ▸

related documents
Melissa Auf der Maur
B.B. King
Sheila E.
Enrico Caruso
Revolution (song)
John Sebastian
Michel Legrand
Magical Mystery Tour (album)
Cryptic Writings
Help! (album)
Babes in Toyland (band)
Nigel Kennedy
Wendy Carlos
Ferde Grofé
Tonio K
Abbey Road Studios
Old school hip hop
Enema of the State
Thurston Moore
Judith Durham
Twelve-bar blues
The Paul Simon Songbook
Belle & Sebastian
The 77s
Cryogenic (band)
Brad Delson
The Fifth Dimension