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Memories of a Blank Generation
on 5 April 2013
I found his early life story quite boring until he reached New York, from then on the story livens up, providing an interesting account of life in the arty underground scene of the time. The story of a chancer who happened to be at the right place at the right time, found a niche, created a scene and exploited it successfully. I particularly liked Richard's description of the band's tour of the UK supporting THE Clash in 1977. His distainful, culture shocked view of a junk sick New Yorker far from home and so far out of his comfort zone in potato obsessed Blighty and the burgeoning UK punk scene (brought back memories of my youth) was very entertaining. Also surprising that he sees Britain in 1977 as more depressed and poverty stricken than bankrupt 70's New York, the British youth rallied to share their situation to create a scene allowing them to feel part of something important, where as the impression he gives of NY's scene is one that is far more "dog eat dog" and brutal, fed by hard drugs and alienation. Richard gives a descriptive account of his descent into the nasty, selfish and wasteful world of opiate addiction, gradually dissolving what he created until he gets a second (and third) bite of the cherry to build a career for himself as a writer. He's lucky he came through all that and I'm very happy to have read his life story. If you were around in the 70's punk era, then this is a recommended read.