Roles in Archive: Artist, Author, Object Panelist, Performer, Speaker
Richard Hell made his reputation as one of the original musicians to bring attention to CBGB and punk music in the mid-seventies. His album Blank Generation (1977) was one of the initial major statements of the movement. In 1984 he retired from music and has since made a reputation as a writer. He’s been published in The New York Times and its Book Review, Vice, Art in America, Bookforum, The Village Voice, Black Book, Vanitas, The Brooklyn Rail, Flesh World, Toilet Paper, Punk, GQ, and Nerve, among many other magazines. He’s also appeared in numerous anthologies as an essayist on books, movies, art, and music. His books include the two novels Go Now and Godlike; the set of previously uncollected “essays poems lyrics notebooks pictures fiction” Hot and Cold; and two volumes of collaborations, Rabbit Duck (poems written with David Shapiro) and Psychopts (graphics created with Christopher Wool).