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Richard Hell
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    (October 2, 1949- )
    Birth name is Richard Meyers
    Recorded albums 'Blank Generation,' 'Destiny Street,' 'R.I.P.'
    Recorded songs 'Blank Generation,' 'Love Comes In Spurts, 'The Kid With The Replaceable Head,' 'Lowest Common Denominator'
    Author of poetry collections 'Wanna Go Out?,' 'I Was A Spiral On The Floor,' 'Across The Years'
    Author of novels 'The Voidoid' and 'Go Now'
    Acted in films 'Blank Generation' and 'Desperately Seeking Susan'
    He smokes.
    He changed his last name.
    He had a decade-long heroin habit in the 1970s and 1980s.
    He suffered expulsion from every school to which he was enrolled.
    His mother, in an act of desperation, sent him to a Delaware boarding school, from which he ran away with Tom Miller.
    He finally dropped out of high school in 1966 and went to New York to become a poet, to be joined a while later by Miller.
    He started playing music with Tom Miller only after he became frustrated with his peers' apathy towards poetry.
    After changing the name of their group from The Neon Boys to Television, Richard changed his last name to 'Hell' while Tom Miller changed his last name to 'Verlaine.'
    He was asked to leave Television in 1975, before they recorded their first album, due to his manic antics on stage, as well as his unsophisticated bass technique.
    After moving to New York, he purchased a used table-top offset printing press and started to publish magazines and books.
    He managed to get his poetry published in Rolling Stone before he turned 21 years of age.
    He is one of the originators of the punk movement in the mid-1970s.
    He is also often credited as being the inventor of 'punk fashion' (spiked hair and ripped T-shirts).
    'Blank Generation' was anointed one of the Top 10 albums of the 1970s by The New York Times.
    He retired from music after the release of 'R.I.P.' in 1984 to focus on writing, although he did resurface in 1992 to form Dim Stars with members of Sonic Youth and Gumball.
    'Wanna Go Out?' was a collection of poems Hell wrote with Verlaine, under the pseudonym 'Theresa Stern.'
    His view of rock and roll was that the genre was 'an outlet for passions and ideas too radical for any other form.'

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