Richard Lloyd was born in in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1951. He is a world renowned electric guitarist, songwriter, recording artist and a founding member of Television.  As an author, Lloyd  was a regular columnist with Guitar World Magazine--the "Alchemical Guitarist."   As an autodidact, he has developed extensive expertise in many scientific and religious areas, and believes in the alchemical rule: "one book opens another."

34 days 'til release

From Richard Lloyd's 2006 Double LP Field of Fire Deluxe

The Memoirs of an Alchemical Guitarist

​ Release Day: October 24, 2017 / Pre-order @ Amazon / Barnes & Noble / The Book Depository


Decatur Book Festival 2017.  Photos courtesy of Phil Venable


Richard Lloyd Group at the Georgia Theatre on June 23, 2017. Image: Cat Bobon 

​​​​​Television, CBGB's and Five Decades of Rock and Roll


​​​​Recent News: ​​

​9-8-17: Just Announced: Book Release Day Party and Signing with a special performance by Richard Lloyd Group: Georgia Theater, Athens GA, October 24. 7 PM: "Come join us on the rooftop for a very special night as we celebrate the release of Richard Lloyd's book Everything Is Combustible on the day of its official release! We’ll start the evening with a 30 minute Q&A followed by a performance by the Richard Lloyd Group which features Jason Nesmith, Terry Clouse and Jeff Brakebill. Copies of Richard's book will be available for purchase with a signing to follow after the show."

9-7-17:New review: Television guitarist Richard Lloyd is one of rock music’s most imaginative guitarists. His solos slither and strike like a bolt of lightning as they subvert even most familiar chord progressions. His enemy is the cliché. So why should his wonderful book, Everything Is Combustible be any different? Forget what you know about music biographies. Forget what you think you know about CBGB and the bad old days. Lloyd offers a different way to look at rock and roll…and life as you know it. He’s a stranger in a strange land and a goddamn Zen troublemaker. This book is indeed  "combustible." - Brad Tolinski, author of Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page and Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound & Revolution of the Electric Guitar

​​9-7-17: New review: Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey! and Head of A&R at  Light in the Attic Records writes: "Richard Lloyd was the backbone of the band and is a masterful storyteller - mixed with humor and vulnerability. Besides Television, Lloyd has some incredible stories about the West Coast in the late sixties, and a wild cast of characters in the cesspool of Manhattan throughout the 70s, 80s, etc. I didn't know what to expect from this book and I dug it deeply.”

​9-6-17: Just Announced: ​New York City / October 27: Richard Lloyd Group  Show and Book Release Party @ The Bowery Electric.  7PM. Signed copies of Everything Is Combustible will be available for sale.

​​9-5-17: Danny Goldberg writes:"I literally couldn't put it down - what a journey! I love the way Lloyd finds a way into deeper areas - I haven't seen anything like it in other rock memoirs."

​9-5-17: Just in from Phil Venable: Clips of Richard Lloyd in conversation with Paste Magazine Editor-In-Chief Josh Jackson at the AJC-Decatur Book Festival on September 2:

9-2-17: Just in from Creative Loafing:  "The book chronicles [Lloyd's] entire life, from seemingly transcendental childhood experiences, bouts in mental institutes, the highs of stardom, the lows of drug addiction, and finding redemption through the strength of his own character punctuate Lloyd’s life. Stories of lovingly trading insults with Keith Moon, taking drugs with Keith Richards, and enduring personality clashes with fellow Television guitarist Tom Verlaine are told with humor, honesty and aplomb." Full article here.

​​8-25-17: Just confirmed: Atlanta's premier bookstore, A Cappella Books will be offering copies of Everything Is Combustible for purchase to attendees at the AJC-Decatur Book Festival on September 2. Richard Lloyd's author session begins at 5:30 PM with a book signing to follow.

8-23-17: Just announced: The Richard Lloyd Group will be playing an intimate show at  Heydey Guitars performance space, Winston-Salem, North Carolina on September 10 at 5PM.

8-14-17:Best Classic Bands article: "Television Guitarist Richard Lloyd Pens Memoir"

8-8-17: ​Just announced: The Richard Lloyd Group will be playing two shows with theDream Syndicate in the fall: Boston area:  Somerville, MA at ONCE on December 1, and New York City at The Bowery Electric on December 2.

8-5-17: ​ The schedule  for Richard Lloyd's appearance and book signing at the AJC-Decatur Book Festival on September 2 at 5:30PM can be viewed at 

7-25-17:Richard Lloyd Group will be performing at theHopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 9. More information:


7-17-17:Everything Is Combustible is now available for Pre-Order at Amazon UK, European Amazon markets, as well as Amazon Canada and Japan, in addition to Amazon USA. The release date is the same in the United States and elsewhere: October 24. 

7-3-17: ​Richard Lloyd Group will be performing at the CBGB's benefit for homeless veterans in Athen's Georgia on August 5​. More information at

6-14-17:Just announced: Richard Lloyd will be appearing on the main stage at the AJC Decatur Book Festival, September 2 (exact time TBA). The book is officially released October 24th, but will be on sale at the event with a signing by Richard after an onstage interview with Josh Jackson from PASTE Magazine.

5-30-17:  Richard Lloyd Group ​is beginning a 14 date May-June Tour kicking off in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information please visit the Official Richard Lloyd Fan Page at Facebook. ​​​​