I suppose it sounds even pettier to love someone for this than to criticise them for it.I am petty, but I am not petty, so I should add that when he’s offered the kind of in-depth interview his creative legacy actually warrants, it’s more likely to happen in Brazil than New York, and this 3 part interview is a pearler. As with former TV sidekick Richard Lloyd, Verlaine could not be accused of a prolific output, but he’s often involved in projects not particularly suited to treading the rock n’ roll gig circuit and keeping ones P.“God knows I craved it.” He shares the transcendent moment “When I eventually got a finger inside a vagina, at thirteen or fourteen, it was like being ordained into a new dimension,” and confesses that, in 1967, he pretended to like only so he could get into a girl’s pants.The heart of the book is Hell’s friendship with Tom Verlaine, whom he met at Sanford Preparatory School in Delaware.He was the guiding force behind the band Television who, along with such outfits as The Patti Smith Group and The Talking Heads, ushered in a new era of independent American pop music.
“The difficult sex seemed normal at the time,” he writes.My brief was pretty straight forward: no questions about punk or CBGB, focus on “music, art, literature, cultures”, and mention the excellent All Tomorrow’s Parties, the festival at which Television will be performing the entirety of their first LP, is a record to listen to many times if you like the sound of the guitar. I think hearing it first as a “New York punk record” would probably spoil its rare power, and I think this is the introduction most people get. He’s also into a certain artist/bohemian fashion move forever linked with France. He even wears one on the album cover of Flash Light. This clearly demonstrates the kind of admirable indifference to accusations of sartorial pretension that a lesser man couldn’t even begin to contrive. Ok, ok, I admit that sounds a little juvenile on the page.Let’s move on and consider the fact that, aside from performing what must have been amazing shows together, they also collaborated together on , a slim wee volume of poetry steeped in Rimbaud and the drug induced freestyle nature of Bob Dylan’s L.