Sunday, December 1, 2013

Richard Hell On The Downtown New York Music Scene

After mourning the death of Lou Reed and reviewing the film CBGB, I was interested in Richard Hell’s perspective, expressed in the short video below, on downtown New York–and, now, Brooklyn–as an incubator for musical creativity. Hell is the author of the memoir “I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp” and the founder of the punk rock band Richard Hell and The Voidoids. He recalls the Lower East Side before gentrification and contrasts commercial music with music that is “about the actual lives of street musicians; it’s about reality rather than pleasing a demographic”–exemplified by Reed and The Velvet Underground. Watch:

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