This is a set of the most comprehensive and sharp sites we've turned up on subjects of interest to us (or related to this site). We only like good sites though. No matter how much we may be into its subject, we won't list it unless it's information-rich, decently organized, and reasonably good looking and fast to load.
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Robert Quine... "Robert Quine"--A fan site with which Quine cooperated. It has solid, smart info in a classy layout: most excellent. There are also very good interviews with Quine at Perfect Sound Forever ('97), I-94 Bar ('00), and Vintage Guitar ('02).
Patti Smith... "Babelogue"--Excessively rapturous, but Smith fans tend to be that way (Hell's jealous).
Johnny Thunders... "Cyber Lounge"--Who'd have believed a Thunders fan could have it this together?
Will Oldham... "The Royal Stable"
Guided by Voices... "The Guided by Voices Web Site"--It's hard to admit to digging a group with a leader who calls the Beatles the greatest group of all time, but check out "Choking Tara (Creamy Version)" in the Multimedia section (MP3 or RealAudio) and see if you can resist. Big useful comprehensive site.
Mike Watt... "Mike Watt's Hoot Page"--The great Watt's personal web headquarters. We want to be like Mike.
The White Stripes... "The White Stripes"--Official site of our favorite recent group (now no longer so recent and a little less favorite now that we've heard the Yeah Yeah Yeahs). They're from Detroit and at first you might think they're just another generation discovering blues changes (even slide guitar) but pretty soon they sound really great.
Sonic Youth... "sonicyouth.com"--True to form, their official site is real slop cool. This band is secretly probably the most influential (among interesting bands) of the last twenty years. And you can download their version of Verlaine/Hell's "That's all I Know (Right Now)" at the site (it's in Disappearer).
Yeah Yeah Yeahs... "Yeah Yeah Yeahs"--They're perfect. We love them completely. The web site's kind of basic but it's promising and we love them.
Perfect Sound Forever... "Perfect Sound Forever Online Music Magazine"--Brilliant music e-zine including for instance over 100 knowledgeable exclusive interviews with such as Mike Watt, Jody Stephens (Big Star), King Sunny Ade, Jim O'Rourke, Robert Quine, as well as excellent links pages.
trakMARX... "TrakMarx punk rock... and roll"--As of July 2003 they're ten issues (two years) old and we've been meaning to put them here for a while. They even wrote about Richard in issue two, but we're sceptical and it did take some reading to convince us, but we're convinced. These guys are the real thing and the right thing at the right time. Best of webzines we've seen (along with the email newsletter / listings publication Artrocker) that deal with all the bang up new bands that've been emerging recently in New York and Brooklyn, Detroit, London, and Scandinavia...
Albini on the Music Business... "'The Problem with Music' by Steve Albini"--Best exposé (bite sized) of the popular recording industry there is. Albini's bands've included Big Black and Rapeman, and his "engineering" jobs (productions) Nirvana's In Utero and the Pixies' Surfer Rosa.
Cleveland music... "ClePunk"--You should do this for your town. A really great--well conceived/edited and well designed--site devoted to the "punk" history (ranging from the Electric Eels, Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys to the present) of Cleveland, rich node of teenage music fun and squalor. But what's really great and unique and inspiring is that all the content comes from the site's visitors! Check it.
Jean-Luc Godard... "Cinema=Jean-Luc Godard=Cinema"--It's disappointing how little Godard material there is on line, but this site supplies or points to most of it.
Harmony Korine... "(Ava's) Harmony Korine (fan page)"--Most well-kept site for the director of the best first film (Gummo) since Breathless or, in America, Citizen Kane. Site has lots of interviews, pics, and news, as well as links to more Korine online.
Jonathan Rosenbaum... "Chicago Reader"-- A great big selection of reviews of recent and less-so movies by the most interesting and reliable professional reviewer going.
IMDb... "The Internet Movie Database"-- Tacky looking, especially since Amazon bought it, but try a search--it's an amazingly comprehensive and well thought-out web source of information about movies. It works by having users contribute data that's checked by database managers before it's added and and then re-checked by other users. Roger Ebert calls it "the best movie site on the web" (and he ought to know--he wrote Beyond the Valley of the Dolls).
Reviews... "Rotten Tomatoes"-- The site provides other information -- not always accurate or complete -- but its great usefullness is the compilation of reviews from many writers/media it offers for the huge number of films it lists. writing (writers & resources)
Cormac McCarthy... "The Cormac McCarthy Society"--There aren't a lot of good sites for contemporary novelists, but this is one.
William Burroughs..."S Press Author Homepage"--Well done by his German publisher (written in English), with further Burroughs links. The site also has a well-chosen ton of links to other writer pages.
James Joyce... "The Brazen Head"--A. Ruch's labor of Joycean love is a wide-ranging discussion and presentation of info, including may good links.
Richard Grossman... "Richard Grossman"--An intense, ambitious, radical thinker as a novelist (and poet), his personal page. The site is sparse, but there is also an interview online at at Alt-X, a zine specializing in hypertext and multi-media lit.
Dennis Cooper... "Dennis Cooper" by Mike Wortman (at disinfo.com)--Good introductory article with tons of links regarding this most trippy, scary and unathletically skillful of writers. He's sometimes called a "Blank Generation" novelist. He now has an official site.
Denis Johnson... Author of the novels Angels, Jesus' Son, and four others (as well as the collected poems, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly), all words of whose are sad gold that'll make you laugh but bad, doesn't appear to have a Web site, but he's frequently written for the MOR literary e-zine Salon. Up at that site are "Change Your Life FOREVER", an account of an outdoor convention of Christian bikers in Texas, "Jungle Bells, Jungle Bells" , his memory of a Boy Scout camp-out in the Philippines he endured at age 13, "School is Out", about his decision to home-teach his kids, and "Personal best: Fat City", re his debt to Leonard Gardner's novel.
Kathy Acker... "Kathy Acker (1945-1997)" at American Literature on the Web--Good set of links to pages concerned with the soulful, erudite, and uncompromising Acker.
Richard Foreman... "Ontological Richard Foreman"--Fine official site of the playwright/director, including extensive interviews and, most especially, hundreds of pages of his unedited unproofread working notebooks now posted as they're composed (typical lines: "I invented an airplane with banannas for engines. Oh really? Well, I invented a cheeze sandwhich you didn't have to walk towards to pick up."), and offered freely for the use of any other writer who will credit Foreman.
Harry Stephen Keeler... "Harry Stephen Keeler"--Well-done pages re an eccentric American pulp "who-done-it" writer, a sort of instinctive Oulipian, or minor league Roussel. This is the kind of thing that really makes the Web worthwhile.
Fernando Pessoa... "Pessoa's Trunk"--A site list of data re the irresistible Portuguese poet who wrote in a number of fully-delineated identities. George Steiner on Pessoa's Book of Disquiet.
Jim Carroll... "Jim Carroll"--Another site that runneth over way too gushingly for me, but the guy can write a poem and it's good to see a poet get the attention.
Project Gutenburg... "Project Gutenburg"--Downloadable results of the ongoing effort to electronically transcribe all literature in the public domain.
The Poetry Project... "The Poetry Project"--Solid site from the heart of New York poetry.
Bookfinder... "Bookfinder"--Biggest, best searchable database of used and rare books for sale on line.
Small Press Books Distribution... "SPD"--Good and rapidly improving site/catalog for the premier distributor of small press books.
Jacket... "Jacket magazine"--The best, best designed, and most ambitious Web literary zine, if a tad weezy.
Arts and Letters... "Arts and Letters Daily"--An updated-daily compendium of links to writings across the Web on "philosophy, aesthetics, literature, language, ideas, criticism, culture, history, music, art, trends, breakthroughs, disputes, gossip," this is a smartly edited, stimulating, well-conceived exploitation of the Internet's capacity for instantly providing good free information.
Zoetrope... "Zoetrope All Story"--The story zine division of Francis Coppola's American Zoetrope, it offers the downloadable full text of nearly all issues, as well as allowing one to electronically submit a screenplay, story, or novella (in return for agreeing to critique others). Coppola's notion is that good short fiction needs to be cultivated for the sake of movies. This tends to limit the style of the fiction to narrative-oriented work, but the stuff "Zoetrope" presents is high-class of that type.
Web Del Sol... "Web Del Sol"--A giant and not too corny, if ugly, repository of writing and links to literature on the web.
Odd Good Poetry E-Zines to Check:
The Transcendental Friend.
world events and political activism
description and analysis of world events... "Responding to the Sept. 11 Attack"--Our select list of sources of information of what's going on post-September 11.
groovy poems and poets
Poems and Poets... "R. Hell Site Poems and Poets Links"--Our custom links page to poems of interesting poets.
Joe Brainard... "Joe Brainard"--Lots of images and some writing (by and about) this inneffably (homespun, ultra-sophisticated) wonderful painter/poet who was friend and collaborator to so many good New York poets. "Homage to Gorgeousness," yes.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology... "The Museum of Jurassic Technology"--The MJT was brought a lot of attention a couple of years ago by Lawrence Weschler's tasty book about it, Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonders (David Wilson is the proprietor of the museum), and you can get a little background from this review of the book. Otherwise suffice it to say that the Jurassic puts the muse back in museum. (More supplementary info: a review of a museum publication.)
The Louvre... "The Louvre Museum"--Miss Paris? Check it out, the virtual tour is too much, with 360° QuickTime views of every gallery in the building.
Roadside/Outsider/Folk Art and Trash Culture... "Interesting Ideas"--Large, beautiful site in a class of its own. It'll make you wonder why you ever dreamed of wanting anything other than homemade signage, "40,000" Murphy , and The Incredible Mr. Limpet (typical article: "Don Knotts, Genius ((and Tony Franciosa, too))").
web page creation
Web Page Design... "Web Page Design for Designers"--Marvelous, limpidly intelligent, continuously updated explication of the principles of good Web design including fundamental "how-to" techniques as well as a fantastic links page listing the best in HTML tutorials and other such page-creation resources (which aren't really the province of the site itself, being that it strictly discusses design).
Search Engine Site Placement... "SelfPromotion.com"--A completely free means for automatically submitting your site for listing at all the search engines and indexes of any size. This outfit offers the most adept realization of a task difficult to do well (tailoring the information you submit regarding your site to the needs of the target search engine while broadcasting to many dozens at once). It's updated continuously, including an ongoing series of tips and inside info re keeping your site as visible as possible.
discography... "What the Hell? Unofficial Richard Hell Fan site in Japan"--A pretty extensive discography--including scans of sleeves--with some bootlegs and Voidoids members' other projects too, etc...
bootleg cd's... "Trade List: US 'Classic' Punk, etc."--Many bootleg cd's (last count: 18) featuring Hell's music, as well as tons of Velvets, Dolls, MC5, etc., described for trade by Osamu.
interview... "Richard Hell and Amanda Uprichard"--Homely, interesting 1987 dual interview with Richard and his clothing-designer Sham (the Shams was the group Amanda had with Amy Rigby and Sue Garner) girlfriend of the time.
interview... "Richard Hell"--Very good long interview at Perfect Sound Forever from 1997. It's half about writing, half about music.
interview... "What Fresh Hell Is This?"--Good, if a little sloppy, talk, from November, 2001, conducted by David Dalton for Gadfly, mostly about Hot and Cold, but loose.
interview... "It Murders Your Heart"--conducted by Richard Marshall at first-rate online culture zine 3 am, Hell, on occasion of publication of Hot and Cold, and wired on expresso, explains everything.
interview... Rare, great, extensive talk about Hell's earliest days in New York and his first years as a musician in the mid-Seventies, conducted by Bryan Swirsky for trakMARX in 2003.
teaching punk?... "Pedagogy of the ________: Does Punk Belong in the Composition Classroom?" by Brian Flota--Young teacher at George Washington University considers possibilities of punk at school.
song about... "Richard Hell" by the Shut-Ups--Georgia band offers their strangely winning poppish consideration of Hell in MP3 at their MySpace page.
book review of... "Go Now by Richard Hell"--Charles Wyrick's BookPage review of Hell's novel. There's also a cool small one by a former drug addict (there're a lot of drugs in the book) at unhooked.com.
book review of... "Hell on Wheels"--Go Now robustly reviewed at Hotwired site by Ben Cosgrove.
video clips... "Early Years"--RealPlayer streaming video clips by Paul Dougherty of Hell in Television (at rehearsal) and the Heartbreakers, as well as of the New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Blondie, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, and others in the early to mid '70s.
Hell Works at Other Sites:
drawings by... "Richard Hell: Pictures"--Drawings by Hell on exhibit at Photography Resource Center (in show that also includes works by Lou Reed, P. Smith, and others).
Theresa Stern interviewed... "Interview by Mary Harron"--Theresa Stern interview (for more on "Theresa," see her Wanna Go Out? book listing on site)concocted by Hell to questions posed by Harron (director of recent movies I Shot Andy Warhol and American Psycho) as published in Punk magazine in 1976, here at the rag's new site (where you can also order the 1976 Hell-featured Nick Detroit fumetti--cartoon w/ photos rather than drawings--Punk issue #6 for $30.00).
poem collab. w/ Patti Smith... "Poem #2"--Poem written by Smith and Hell in 1977, printed on a flyer given away at a concert by the Smith group and the Voidoids in 1978 (and its last word really is "I'm").
poem from 1999... "Winter Poem"--At poetry ezine can we have our ball back?
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