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September 29, 2005 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
RICHARD HELL sits on a shaded restaurant patio, the chaos of First Avenue muffled by a brick wall, and slurps at a midday bowl of chicken soup as he talks about the fringe benefits of tumbling into middle age. Getting there, of course, was no small victory. In the early 1970s, Hell's torn shirts and spiked hair gave American punk its look, and at age 55 the list of Hell's dead friends and former bandmates reads like a history of 1970s rock counterculture. Johnny Thunders. Dee Dee Ramone.
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September 29, 2005 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
RICHARD HELL sits on a shaded restaurant patio, the chaos of First Avenue muffled by a brick wall, and slurps at a midday bowl of chicken soup as he talks about the fringe benefits of tumbling into middle age. Getting there, of course, was no small victory. In the early 1970s, Hell's torn shirts and spiked hair gave American punk its look, and at age 55 the list of Hell's dead friends and former bandmates reads like a history of 1970s rock counterculture. Johnny Thunders. Dee Dee Ramone.
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September 23, 1996 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Hell is stumped. Outside the window lies a sliver of Los Angeles, just enough to perplex him. "On one hand it's really seductive and I'm susceptible to the appeal. On the other hand, I feel completely alienated by it," he says. "But I'm basically a professional alien, so it should come natural to me to feel alien." Of course, Hell made his name as a professional alien in the related field of punk rock when he fronted the bands Television and the Voidoids 20 years ago.
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September 23, 1996 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Hell is stumped. Outside the window lies a sliver of Los Angeles, just enough to perplex him. "On one hand it's really seductive and I'm susceptible to the appeal. On the other hand, I feel completely alienated by it," he says. "But I'm basically a professional alien, so it should come natural to me to feel alien." Of course, Hell made his name as a professional alien in the related field of punk rock when he fronted the bands Television and the Voidoids 20 years ago.
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November 10, 1991 | LAUREN LIPTON
So "MTV Generation" doesn't sound quite right? Try one of these nicknames--culled from the media and conversations with culture observers--for people in their 20s.
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June 9, 2004 | From Associated Press
Robert Quine, a versatile punk-rock guitarist who appeared on albums by Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull and Tom Waits, has died in New York City. He was 61. Police found Quine dead in his Manhattan apartment Saturday, said James Marshall, a friend. The medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death, but a note with his body indicated suicide, police said. Marshall said he believed Quine died May 31.
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January 31, 1992 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
"The Groups of Wrath: Songs of the Naked City" and "Pimps, Players & Private Eyes" are certainly among the most colorful album titles that you'll find in CD compilation bins these days. And the good news is that the music on both albums is equally lively. "Groups," released by TVT Records, is a salute to some bands from the imaginative and hugely influential New York underground/punk-rock scene of the '70s.
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October 9, 1993 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Matthew Sweet is a cluster of contradictions. The singer-songwriter, who performs tonight at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, tackles such weighty subjects as God, the meaning of life, and death, but he takes a jaunty, pop approach to his music that belies the depth of these concerns. He sounds fascinated with the darkness and ugliness bubbling beneath the surface of a given situation.
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March 15, 2013
A look at some recent and recommended books: BIOGRAPHY Photojournalist Tim Hetherington died in 2011 in Libya, two months after attending the Oscars for “Restrepo,” the documentary he made with Sebastian Junger. In “Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer” (Grove Press, $25), the companion to an April HBO documentary, Alan Huffman vividly chronicles the short life of a man drawn to danger zones to capture the horrors of modern warfare. THRILLER Scandinavian crime fiction finds a new voice in Alexander Söderberg, whose dark, intricate debut novel “The Andalucian Friend” (Crown, $26)
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November 13, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Probably the biggest of the many misconceptions surrounding gospel-rock band the Mercy Seat is that singer-guitarist Gordon Gano formed the group as a side project to his regular band, Violent Femmes. That notion is corrected faster than you can say Zena Von Heppinstall . That's the name of the Mercy Seat's songwriter and lead singer--and the person who put the band together. "It's something I dreamed up, I imagined," she said.
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April 29, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
There are myriad ways to take in the massive sensory overload that is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. Many people cram in as much music as they can -- more than 100 artists will have performed by the time the three-day event concludes tonight. But you could also just sit and read the T-shirts in the crowd as they go by. Three randomly noted shirts added up to a cogent comment on the festival, which opened Friday at the Empire Polo Field.
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November 29, 1990 | DOUG LIST
In the aftermath of the explosion of punk music and its accompanying lifestyle in the mid-70s to early 1980s, Hollywood began cranking out teen movies like never before. Yet there is no real correlation to be made between the two movements since filmmakers all but ignored the punk phenomenon and the culture it molded.
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