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.
I’m not anti-television, but my son just doesn’t watch very much, mostly because the TV doesn’t get turned on until evenings to watch Broad City and Boardwalk Empire, and unfortunately, by then, my 4-year-old is asleep. In preparation for visiting the exhibit, “Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, […]
It’s going to be a Brooklyn homecoming of sorts for critically-acclaimed performers Laura Cantrell and Jennifer O’Connor, when both artists perform at Rough Trade NYC on Oct. 27. Cantrell, who is also best known as the host of The Radio Thrift Shop show on WFMU, makes music that that sounds like traditional country did years before […]
Sometimes I lie awake at night thinking of eating an entire crack pie from Momofuko Milk Bar or One Girl Cookies’ vanilla cake with raspberry jam filling and delectable buttercream. But when it comes to my son and his upcoming 5th birthday, he’s not as impressed with the gourmet sweets. In fact, the cake tasting is not even part […]
According to The The New York Times, 39 million iPhone 6s have been sold so far, and while I know plenty of iPhonephiles eagerly awaiting their new phone (or who have one in hand after waiting in line at the Apple Store) no one I know has bought a protective case. The problem with iPhone cases […]
Dear Holly, I own a small construction company here in Brooklyn. I often sub contract services so I’m constantly negotiating and managing contracts. I can honestly say that I hate to negotiate, and that it’s probably the most challenging part of my job. Do you have any advice on how I can become a better […]