Richard Hell

Born Oct 2, 1949

Richard Hell is a singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, and writer. Richard Hell was an innovator of punk music and fashion. He was one of the first to spike his hair and wear torn, cut and drawn-on shirts, often held together with safety pins.

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    Huffington Post - Oct 04, 2013
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Hell.


1949 Birth Born on October 2, 1949.


1971 21 Years Old 1 More Event
They began publishing books and magazines, but decided to go their separate ways in 1971, after which Hell created and published Dot Books. … Read More
1972 22 Years Old In 1972, Verlaine joined Hell in New York and formed the Neon Boys. … Read More
1975 25 Years Old Hell started playing his punk rock anthem "Blank Generation" during his time in Television. In early 1975, Hell parted ways with Television after a dispute over creative control. … Read More
1976 26 Years Old In early 1976, Hell quit The Heartbreakers and started Richard Hell and the Voidoids with Robert Quine, Ivan Julian and Marc Bell. … Read More


1985 35 Years Old Hell was married to Scandal's Patty Smyth for two years during 1985–86, and they had a daughter, Ruby.


1996 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Hell also co-wrote and sang lead vocals on the song "Never Mind" by The Heads, a 1996 collaborative effort between three former members of Talking Heads.


2001 51 Years Old He released a collection of short pieces (poems, essays and drawings) called Hot and Cold in 2001.
2002 52 Years Old Hell married Sheelagh Bevan in 2002. … Read More
2003 53 Years Old Hell's archive of his manuscripts, tapes, correspondence (written and email), journals, and other documents of his life was purchased for $50,000 by New York University's Fales Library in 2003. … Read More
2004 54 Years Old …  He was the film critic for BlackBook magazine from 2004 to 2006. … Read More
2005 55 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The cut used for the animation appears on Hell's 2005 retrospective album, Spurts, The Richard Hell Story. … Read More
2009 59 Years Old Also in 2009, Hell gave his blessing to the public access program Pancake Mountain to create an animated music video for "The Kid with the Replaceable Head".
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