Before the Sex Pistols, before the Clash and before Anarchy in the UK, there was Richard Hell. A seminal figure in the NYC punk scene, Hell played in the Neon Boys, Television, The Heartbreakers and eventually formed his own band Richard Hell and the Voidoids before he quit music and drugs in 1984. He was the impetus behind punk rock, from its ideals to its fashion statements (see his involvement with the punk exhibit at the Met). In his book I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp, Hell recounts his life, from his time growing up in Lexington Kentucky to his days as a NYC punk rocker–it’s an absolute must read for anybody interested in punk rock or the NYC downtown scene of the ’70s and early ’80s in general. Hear Hell talk candidly tonight at BookCourt about his relationship to Malcolm McLaren, how he felt about the Sex Pistols copping his look, and punk rock overall.
Let’s take a moment to take stock of just how much time we’ve all spent taking Buzzfeed quizzes this winter. Yikes. Now that we all know which NYC neighborhood we’re supposed to live in and what kind of dog we should own, how about we slow it down a bit? It’s time for our monthly […]
One of the widely known secrets in New York City is the free admission days to its top museums, when lines of people wrap around a block (for hours and in all weather) for entrée. With admission running up to $25, it definitely can be worth the wait. But, if you have children, there is […]
Pee Wee Herman’s bike, the one that sparked a cross-country quest in the 1985 classic, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is up for sale on eBay right now. It’s at just over $25,000 with a little more than eight hours left to go on the bidding. Comes with an autographed photo of Paul Reubens and documentation that […]
There are 25,000 objects in the Brooklyn Museum decorative arts collection, and each one has a story. We’ll highlight one particularly interesting piece each month, starting with one of the the collection’s most controversial acquisitions. By design, decorative art objects are intended to be one of two things: pretty or purposeful. “It’s unusual that they have […]
The Runaways didn’t have of a long career, but they were certainly ahead of their time. An explosive outfit both on and offstage, they were one of the first all-female hard rock bands to clear a path for future women rockstars. Though the Runaways had broken up by the early ’80s, former members like Joan […]