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what Richard wrote



Posted by:Roy (‘admin@richardhell.com’)
Posted on: 13 Dec 2008
 
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Ungh hungh. You guys should read the piece! It would make it easier for you to talk about it! (Sorry.) (But www.richardhell.com/HotCold.html#Johnny.) Part of what's unusual about it is that it doesn't prettify Johnny. Right from the start it makes that point. Also, it states right in the article -- not in some later interview -- that a difficult thing about writing it was that Hell had the weird feeling that anything he wrote about Johnny also reflected him (Hell), that he identified with Thunders and felt like he himself could be accused of almost any thing he could throw at Thunders, and that made writing it "spooky."

Frankly, I've always noticed how, apparently, most of the people who contribute to the Forum seem largely ignorant about Hell's writing, even though it's been his main identity for twenty years. I think that's part of the problem about how things get quiet here. There's only so much that can be said about a record or two that came out 20-30 years ago, about a band and a performer that don't properly exist any more. But the Forum fans are music fans and they don't seem to overlap with the readers. (With a few exceptions--Hannah!) It kind of surprises me. After all, it is the same personality and relationship to the world present in the writing as the music. And I know people do appreciate the writing -- it's published in the best places, gets intensely good reviews, and people pay for it. But it seems that it's only the music-oriented people who come here and they aren't involved with Richard's writing. I know that much of the writing is more demanding than the music. It takes more effort to read than to listen and music is more popular in general. But still it surprises me since I'd think more people would be into both, and would appreciate the things that Richard does that are present in both his writing and music.

But he will be bringing out a new CD music release in 2009. "New" in some ways, not really new in others. That's the next post I'm going to write. Or Hell will write it.

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