Ev­ery­thing Is Com­bustible

Richard Lloyd

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Rob Hughes

Just as his unique gui­tar play­ing fed into the su­pe­rior chem­istry of Tele­vi­sion, the New York band he co-founded in late 1973, Richard Lloyd’s life has been any­thing but or­di­nary. An in­tense char­ac­ter prone to out-of-body ex­pe­ri­ences as a child, he was al­ready snort­ing heroin by the time he got to ju­nior high, fol­lowed by a series of manic episodes that saw him yo-yo be­tween men­tal in­sti­tu­tions as a teenager (he was later di­ag­nosed as bipo­lar). Be­fore we even get to Tele­vi­sion, he’s giv­ing hash to Robert Plant, jam­ming with John Lee Hooker, get­ting punched by Hen­drix and turn­ing tricks as a male pros­ti­tute.

Lloyd’s prose is of­ten a lit­tle clumsy, but the tales are spec­tac­u­lar. Tom Ver­laine is por­trayed as an ar­ro­gant con­trol freak as Tele­vi­sion gain trac­tion, al­though Lloyd (by then an al­co­holic and “full-fledged junkie”) is be­yond car­ing. Cue near-death ex­pe­ri­ences, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and a sin­gu­lar road to spir­i­tual en­light­en­ment.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.