I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography

Paperback | February 18, 2014

byRichard Hell

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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.

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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, a...

Since retiring from music in 1984, Richard Hell has focused primarily on writing. He is the author of the journals collectionArtifact; the novelsGo NowandGodlike; and the collection of essays, notebooks, and lyricsHot and Cold; as well as numerous other pamphlets and books. Hell has published essays, reportage, and fiction in such publ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:February 18, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062190849

ISBN - 13:9780062190840

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“Other rock bios are tasteful and cautious — you feel the writer take you to a certain point but then pull back... Hell will take you right there, and that is why this book is an honest and special treat.”