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


Legendary guitarist. Founding member of Television.  Masterful storyteller.  Richard Lloyd's memoir, Everything is Combustible​ goes on sale October 24, 2017.

Written in Lloyd's inimitable, frequently humorous  style, Everything is Combustible chronicles, though vignettes, Lloyd's colorful early life, his teenage travels and encounters with music legends including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Keith Moon.  From there, he details  the founding of Television and the band's rise alongside the legend-making of CBGB's, his solo years, drug addiction and recovery, his 90s era work, and touring with artists such as Matthew Sweet, John Doe, and Robert Quine--and Lloyd's unique spiritual-philosophical perspectives on life.  

Everything is Combustible is a must-have for any fan of Television and the New York Music scene, and fills a void in the written record as the first complete account of the band, including the recording of their records and touring, from a founding member of the band.

Considered a foundational band of alternative rock, Television’s debut record, Marquee Moon is widely viewed by critics and musicians as one of the greatest albums ever recorded.   As one half of Television’s unique guitar sound, and a legendary solo artist in his own right, Richard Lloyd’s music has influenced a range of bands and artists from U2, Johnny Marr and Joy Division to R.E.M., Sonic Youth,  Wilco and John Frusciante.

Chapters Include:

Waiting for the Rollercoaster /  The Eye of a Hurricane / Hello Pittsburgh / Richard Discovers Electricity and Other Experiments /  Cough Syrup, Death, Hypnosis and an Early Psychedelic Experience /  “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?” / Turning Upside Down Inside and the Power of Silence / Catholic School, God and the Devil / The Intoxicated Cartoon / AM Radio /  The Whole World is Sex / Valence / The Hypnosis and Slang Study Groups /  Samantha /  Raising the Ritalin Roof /  Psychiatry is Nuts / Richard Meets Velvert and Wakes up Jimi / The Guitar Lesson Without a Guitar, and Black Roman Orgy  /  Buddy’s Got a Gun /  Hash Magic and Zeppelin Tales / Woodstock / Adventures at the Fillmore East / Montclair and the Reefer Gun / The End of School, Potentials and the Power of True Wish /  Boston and John Lee Hooker /   Richard Cromelin’s House / Keith Moon and the Sartorial Splendor /  Moving in With Terry Ork / Summer of the Superglued Dishes / The Wailer’s and the Art of Walking Out /  Reno Sweeney's /  We Needed a Place to Play /  Hilly On a Step Ladder /  The Laws and CBGB / Richard Visits the National Council on Alcoholism /  Judy /  Management, Flash Forward to Meltdown and Television’s First Single /  Tom in the Middle and Island Records /  Hello Cleveland: This is Not Earth Music /  West Coast, the Academy and a Beatles suit /  Sire, Electra, Peter Gabriel and Visits with Velvert /  Anita / Hell’s Syringes / Recording "Marquee Moon" / The Ice Kings of Rock / Television Takes Europe / Recording "Adventure"/  New York: What a Place / Girls and Other Girls /  Dr. Steve and Various Overdoses / Alchemy and the Downward Spiral / Endocarditis and Bob Marley /  Field of Fire /  John Doe and SXSW /  The Coke Cat /  Matthew Turns Green and the Little Kernels /  Touring With Matthew Sweet / Television Reunite /  Meeting Mr. Gurdjieff / Suffering...and more. Hardcover with Jacket.  6 x 9. 380 pages.

Image by courtesy of Robert Stone

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From the archives of Richard Lloyd