EVERYTHING IS COMBUSTIBLE
Legendary guitarist. Founding member of Television. Masterful storyteller.
Written in Lloyd's inimitable, frequently humorous style, Everything is Combustible chronicles, through vignettes, Lloyd's colorful early life, starting in Pittsburgh and soon moving to New York City, and then details his teenage travels and encounters with music legends including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Keith Moon.
Lloyd recounts the founding of Television, the band's rise alongside other bands and personalities in the 1970’s New York Music scene, and the legend-making of the unparalleled music venue CBGB. As the rock ‘n’ roll tales unfold, he accompanies them with insights into his approach to music and the electric guitar.
Lloyd’s mid-career vignettes detail his solo years, including the backstory of critically praised records such as Alchemy and Field of Fire, his drug addiction and recovery, his 90s-era work, and touring adventures with artists such as Matthew Sweet, John Doe, and Robert Quine. Throughout the book is an undercurrent—Lloyd’s continually evolving spiritual-philosophical approach to life, emerging from the conscious digestion of the highs and the lows—both ends of the same stick.
In Everything is Combustible, Richard Lloyd relates his life, both inner and outer, in the narrative style, digging beneath the events and revealing their meanings.
Everything is Combustible is a must-have for any fan of Television and the heyday of the New York rock music scene. It fills a void in the written record as the first complete account of the band, including the making 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.
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 / On the Road and the Little Kernels / Touring With Matthew Sweet / Television Reunite / Meeting Mr. Gurdjieff / Suffering...and more.
Hardcover with Dust Jacket. 15 Illustrations. 416 Pages.
Foreword: Bill Flanagan
Cover Photography: Godlis
Beech Hill Publishing Company: Mount Desert, Maine
North American on sale date: October 24, 2017
"My longtime friend and musical hero Richard Lloyd has lived the kind of life 'memoirs' were invented for." --Jeff Tweedy, Wilco
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