I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography

I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography

by Richard Hell

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Overview

From an early age, Richard Hell dreamed of running away. He arrived penniless in New York City at seventeen; ten years later he was a pivotal voice of the age of punk, cofounding such seminal bands as Television, The Heartbreakers, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids—whose song "Blank Generation" remains the defining anthem of the era, an era that would forever alter popular culture in all its forms. How this legendary downtown artist went from a bucolic childhood in the idyllic Kentucky foothills to igniting a movement that would take over New York and London's restless youth culture—cementing CBGB as the ground zero of punk and spawning the careers of not only Hell himself, but a cohort of friends such as Tom Verlaine, Patti Smith, the Ramones, and Debby Harry—is a mesmerizing chronicle of self-invention, and of Hell's yearning for redemption through poetry, music, and art. An acutely rendered, unforgettable coming-of-age story, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp evokes with feeling, lyricism, and piercing intelligence both the world that shaped him and the world he shaped.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062190840
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 202,917
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Since retiring from music in 1984, Richard Hell has focused primarily on writing. He is the author of the journals collection Artifact; the novels Go Now and Godlike; and the collection of essays, notebooks, and lyrics Hot and Cold; as well as numerous other pamphlets and books. Hell has published essays, reportage, and fiction in such publications as Spin, GQ, Esquire, the Village Voice, Vice, Bookforum, Art in America, the New York Times, and the New York Times Book Review. From 2004 to 2006 he was the film critic for BlackBook magazine. He lives in New York City.

What People are Saying About This

Luc Sante

“Richard Hell designed and executed a sustained performance of rock stardom as if he had invented the concept himself. Radically self-aware, he wields prose keen as a diamond knife, sharpened by the light of the moon.”

Kathleen Hanna

Tramp gave me the same feeling I had as a kid... I cozied up and fell in love with a world that wasn’t mine. There are very few books that make me want to start writing my own; this is one of them.”

Thurston Moore

“Charming and impossible, Hell is the first (and best!) name in punk rock. His insights are informed by the romance of running away to the mystery heard in the rowdy grooves of a dirty LP or in the pages of a thumbed book of verse.”

Anthony Bourdain

“[Hell] almost single handedly created ‘punk’ as we know it.... Few people have been as important—yet as underappreciated as Richard Hell. Poet, musician, fashion icon and terrific, terrific writer. Chances are, you have been deeply influenced by Richard Hell your whole life. You just didn’t know it.”

Legs McNeil

“An exquisite snapshot of early punk possibility—that so beautifully captures the exuberance of starting a band!”

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I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CelticGoddess More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written and a swift read...  Hell keeps it spare and raw with sometimes brutal observations.  Doesn't let himself off the hook but also doesn't waste time on regret... Fabulous for music lovers, especially of the punk scene...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Hell is the authentic "Mr. JITTERBUG" of Carmine Street. If only for a moment, makes u heed the immortal words of Cosby's Mushmouth: "Dont-buh be-buh a fool-buh; shtay-buh in-buh school-buh!!"