Reading: Richard Hell

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Note: Seating is very limited for this event and admission is not guaranteed. Arrive early!

Join us for a reading by Richard Hell, the author of "I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp," held in conjunction with "Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty."

“Richard Hell’s 2013 autobiography "I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp" covered the years between his changing the culture by inventing Punk Rock (during its most literate, subversive period) and getting clean from heroin to reinventing himself as a sophisticated poet, novelist, and essayist without sacrificing any energy. As a singer and songwriter, several of his songs are iconic of their time.. “Love Comes in Spurts”, “The Kid with the Replaceable Head”, and “Blank Generation” were epoch-making anthems that continue to haunt me. Why a generation would adopt “blank” as its identifying trait has long been debated, but the phrase “I belong to the blank generation and I can take it or leave it each time” continues to resonate for subsequent eras. His two novels, "Go Now" (1997) and "Godlike" (2005), continued his penchant for describing an intelligently dark, yet sexy world.

I may be the rare museum director who started off playing in a band, but my old band The Student Teachers played with Richard Hell & the Voidoids a half dozen shows, and I probably saw Hell’s many bands another dozen times. As I transformed from a punk rocker into a curator and arts administrator, I watched Hell become known as a writer. I was thrilled when Marilyn Minter suggested Hell to write for the "Pretty/Dirty" exhibition catalogue. In the past, he had written significant art essays for museum shows of Christopher Wool, among others. I do feel those of us who started out in sweaty mosh pits need to support one another in the world of culture.”

- Bill Arning, Director, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

About the Speaker
Richard Hell’s recordings include the albums "Blank Generation" (Sire, 1977) and "Spurts" (Rhino, 2005); his books, the novel "Godlike" (Akashic, 2005) and the autobiography "I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp" (Ecco, 2013). He has collaborated on visual art projects with Christopher Wool and Jim Lambie.
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By: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

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