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Go Now CD

The List, 30 June - 13 July 1995 (reviewer: Damien Love)
One of the most original and profoundly influential figures of the New York punk scene of the 1970s, Richard Hell (née Meyers) was also -- with the exception of Patti Smith -- the most literary-minded of his peers. With a history in small press poetry publication, he had initially moved to the city with the avowed intention of becoming a writer.

Punctuated with Robert Quine's alleycat guitar, Go Now is a recording of Hell's Marlboro-and-black-coffee reading of the opening chapters of his forthcoming, highly autobiographical novel. Detailing the minutiae of a spring morning in the early 80s -- a time when Hell was both completely disillusioned with music and into the umpteenth year of his on-again, off-again affair with heroin -- it combines the first person narration and sparse, clipped styling of the hardboiled tradition with occasional chains of visionary beat poetry.

The result is an unforced, hypnotic flow of storytelling which never fails to sound authentic, almost like the private unfolding of someone's thoughts.
Q Magazine, (reviewer: Bill Prince)
With guitar accompaniment by former Voidoid Robert Quine, Richard Hell reads the first two chapters of his imminent -- and possibly autobiographical -- first novel, Go Now. the story thus far, then: it's 1980, and our protagonist awakens in his "lost apartment" in lower Manhattan, jerks off, touches a conveniently located lover for the $25 needed to score, before sitting back in the exhausted sofa that marks his long-haul addiction to become a dope-fueled "ticker-tape machine of poetry". Hardly new territory for Richard Hell, who has helped essay such fatally glamorous junkie chic before, notably as the using user in Susan Seidelman's grim portrait of New York's druggy rock'n'roll underclass, Smithereens. But by leaving the underdeveloped musical backings that marked his last recorded venture (as the Dim Stars), in his rehearsal room, here he's easily as compelling.
Buzz Factory #31
What we have here is a spoken word CD from the "Godfather of Punk" himself, Richard Hell, taken from his forthcoming novel. It portrays a bleak New York cinematic landscape of dependency and isolation and at times makes for uncomfortable listening.
New Musical Express, 10 June 1995 (reviewer: MG)
"Springtime: not hot enough for the garbage to smell." Which doesn't stop punk godfather Richard Hell from describing its rancid stink in two claustrophobic hardboiled chapters from his forthcoming novel in this spoken word affair accompanied by ex-Voidoid Robert Quine's guitar. When the book comes out, don't expect a happy ending.
Fear and Loathing #31
Excellent spokenword excerpts from his forthcoming novel, carefully set to an atmospheric soundtrack. This is very accomplished, you should hear it.
Velvet Sheep #17
The story tells of a world-weary rock star who at last sees a turn in Lady Luck -- talks of caves, jacking-up, money, jacking-off, demoralisation, piss, burning holes in jeans, wishing to ski off his girlfriend's butt ("there's no good word for it") and much, much more. Hell's style is abrasive, incisive and very insistent, and Quine's guitar slinks on top as if into a casino.


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