Video Vault Episode 76: 33 1/3 Author Pete Astor (feat. How to Write About Music)!

Today’s video vault is extra special for several reasons: The artist in this video is Pete Astor, author of our very own 33 1/3 book Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation. This video was premiered earlier this month on Overblown, and we can expect a full-length album in the near future! How to Write About Music made a cameo at 1:02! We are proud to be counted among Pete Astor’s favorite books (and we’re sure he’s not just biased because he published with us).     Check out his…

Richard Hell Week: The Blank Generation Abecedary, Vol. 5

Rounding out Richard Hell Week, in celebration of our newly published 33 1/3 title on Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation by Pete Astor, with the final entry in the Blank Generation abecedary. And if you’re hungry for more, remember that the book is available now! W is for website: http://www.richardhell.com is a fantastic site. Having been schooled in the ways of the early mimeographed DIY poetry ‘zines of his poetry heroes Ted Berrigan et al, Hell was an early participant in the online world, disseminating his ideas, building…

Richard Hell Week: The Blank Generation Abecedary, Vol. 4

Welcome back to Richard Hell Week, Abecedary Heads (that’s a thing now). Today is the official release day for #92 in the series, so go snag your copies, kids! And in the meantime, in celebration of our forthcoming 33 1/3 title on Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation, here is volume 4 of author Pete Astor’s compendium. Q is for Robert Quine, an extraordinary musician and the first key member of the Voidoids. His friend Jim Marshall writes about him here. And here are some fantastic short tributes to…

Richard Hell Week: The Blank Generation Abecedary, Vol. 3

Welcome back to Richard Hell Week, in celebration of our forthcoming 33 1/3 title on Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation. Here’s Volume 3, aka L to P. L is for Lautréamont, short for the Comte de Lautréamont, pseudonym for the mysterious and doomed Isadore Ducasse, whose Les Chants de Maldoror was a favorite of Hell’s. Here he is quoted on a poster, designed by Hell. M is for Marc Bell, Voidoids’ drummer, who, after leaving the band was renamed Ramone for a fifteen-year stint in the band whose…

Richard Hell Week: The Blank Generation Abecedary, Vol. 2

Welcome back to Richard Hell Week, in celebration of our forthcoming 33 1/3 title on Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation. Author Pete Astor continues with volume 2 of the Blank Generation Abecedary, this time traversing the letters G-K. Take it away, Pete! G is for Genesis : Grasp, Hell’s poetry magazine (run with David Giannini) that ran from the late ‘60s to the early ‘70s, including contributions from Tom Miller (Verlaine), Clark Coolidge, Bruce Andrews, and Patty Machine, the latter being the pseudonym for Patty Oldenburg, Hell’s lover…

Richard Hell Week: the Blank Generation Abecedary, Vol. 1

Welcome to Richard Hell Week, in celebration of our forthcoming 33 1/3 title on Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation by Pete Astor! Pete is an academic and well-known musician in his own right (Ellis Island Sound, The Loft, The Weather Prophets), so it’s not surprising that an encyclopedic and creative mind like his would find an entirely new way to talk about this incomparable album: the abecedary (or the A-Z list, for those of us lacking a thesaurus). Herewith, the Blank Generation abecedary, volume 1. Welcome to the…