Richard Hell once read a lot of Rimbaud and Lautreamont. Then he spiked his hair and got hooked on junk. When Malcolm McLaren followed the New York Dolls to New York, he wanted Richard Hell as a souvenir. He tried to persuade him to leave his own band the Voidoids for a new UK act called the Sex Pistols. Luckily for John Lydon, Hell refused.
The writer of Love Comes in Spurts and (I belong to the) Blank Generation, Richard Hell’s bloodstained thumbprint has never been erased from popular culture. His most recent musical adventure was the Dim Stars project with members of Sonic Youth.
CodeX Books published Hell’s first novel The Voidoid and a collaborative CD produced by Hell and Voidoids guitarist Robert Quine entitled Go Now.