On Saturday, November 9 at 4:30 PM Richard will give a short talk to introduce a screening of Robert Bresson's film The Devil, Probably (Le Diable probablement) for the Cine-Club in the Auditorium of the YWCA, 610 Lexington Avenue @ 53rd Street (admission $7.00, information 212.735.9717 -- call for their schedule; director of the club Poty Oliviera programs great films every weekend and the Bresson series includes eight movies). Bresson is Hell's favorite director and he says, "Bresson isn't what you'd call a 'topical' director, but The Devil Probably has a special power for me for the way it portrays the state of mind of the youth of 1977. The depiction in the film corresponds so strongly to my own state in that period, which I was trying to convey in my Blank Generation album (also 1977) for instance, that I'd call the movie the single work most similar in its subject and message to that record. I only first saw the movie in 1999, and as I watched, the correspondences between it and what 'punk' was in my case were so striking that I was practically throwing up with shock and amazement. Bresson was seventy-six when he made it and I don't think he was hanging out at CBGB's."
The image to the left is a small copy of a version of the pencil self-portrait commissioned from Richard by Dutch magazine which accompanies an article about him in their current issue (July/August, #40 ). Pretty Dutch is the high fashion magazine that as far as we can see has become the very most pornographic of the many such styley rags that have been hotly (ha ha) contesting the title. We salute them. In other fashion news, there've been numerous developments on the Hell shirt front (besides the usual goose liver stains) not even counting the Hell-oid tees we're now offering: 1) APC, the clothing store / designers headquartered in Paris, with stores in New York and Tokyo, has copied the triangle t-shirt ("triangles were falling at the window as the doctor cursed"), sans the original holes and safety pins, home-made by Hell in the '70s -- APC's press release called the t-shirt an "homage" to Hell; 2) unlike Hedi Slimane, who mentioned only Rimbaud as an inspiration for the shirt he designed for Dior that has a splatter over the heart, as per Hell's Heartbreakers shirt design (featured of course on the cover of the punk oral history Please Kill Me); and 3), speaking of which, there's recently surfaced a photo of Richard Lloyd in Hell's notorious "kill me" tee (which Hell cowardl- uh -craftily persuaded him to debut) at Max's in 1974. See these all in the shirt-o-rama illustrations. Hell is also the coverboy on the current (#62) Bucketfull of Brains British music magazine (BoB ordering info), in which he's interviewed. The drawing's a better likeness we assert.
Richard will be talking and giving a reading (and selling and signing books) at the WORD 2002 poetry festival on Saturday, June 8 at The College of Mount St. Vincent in the Bronx. The theme of the festival is poetry and music. Other poets and musicians who will appear at the all-day event include Jim Carroll, U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Anselm Berrigan, Big Youth, Janet Hamill & Moving Star, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Eric Andersen, Jayne Cortez, and Edwin Torres. The festival runs from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM and tickets for the entire day are $35. Check Exoterica for more info and to order tickets.
Hell is the cover story in the February issue of (The) Wire, best mass market music magazine going. There is also a major review of his new book (Hot and Cold) in 3AM magazine.
         
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