The Memoirs of an Alchemical Guitarist Hardcover Release: October 24, 2017 Kindle Release: January 18, 2018
Richard Llloyd book signing and performance at Little City Books. Photo credit: Robert Piersanti
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
"A truly remarkable achievement." - The Big Takeover Magazine
"Fascinating...Zen-like in its philosophical and spiritual outlook" - The Huffington Post
"The Tales are spectacular" - Classic Rock Magazine
"Boldly visionary, an absolute treat from start to finish" - The LA Beat
One of the must read books of 2017 - Salon
"easily surpasses most of its rivals in giving a full sense of a creative life"- MOJO
"transcendently describes all avenues of living and dying in the same life" - Substream Magazine
Decatur Book Festival 2017. Photos courtesy of Phil Venable
1-29-18: Full video here of Richard Lloyd at The Strand, NYC, January 25, discussing stories from his memoir with Talking Heads' founding member Chris Frantz.
1-27-18:"transcendently describes all avenues of living and dying in the same life" Substream Magazine lists Richard's book as one of the top 10 of 2017.
1-26-18:"Juicy as Hell" Joe Bonomo reviews Richard's book at No Such Thing as Was
1-25-18:Friday! Richard is in the New York region with book events starting tonight at The Strand New York City tonight, Little City Books New Jersey tomorrow, and Rough Trade Brooklyn on Sunday.
1-25-18: Jim Testa atNJ.cominterviewed Richard just prior to his book events in the New York area.
1-18-18: The Kindle Edition of Everything Is Combustible was released today.
1-16-18: Brad Cohan at TimeOut NY: "...chock full of wildly entertaining vignettes culled from his five decade-long career. We spoke to the indie-rock legend about looking back and leaving NYC."
12-16-17:Bentley's Bandstand Reviews Everything Is Combustible: "..an incredibly insightful look at what rock & roll is really like, from the staggering highs to the stupefying lows. Lloyd is a born storyteller, and his memory is as sharp as his fretwork."
12-12-17: Just announced by The Strand Bookstore, New York City: Join us in the Rare Book Room on January 25, 2018, as Richard Lloyd sits down and shares his life story with founding member of Talking Heads, Chris Frantz! Reserve tickets here .
12-11-17: Everything Is Combustible is one of the 10 best books of 2017 at Vinyl Me: "Richard Lloyd makes this list for its witty, and sometimes acerbic, remembrances of CBGB, and deep discussions on his approach to the guitar."
12-9-17: Hunter Bennett at Ugly Things Magazine writes: "Everything Is Combustible is an entertaining memoir that succeeds in providing a vivid, unvarnished look into the lively mind of its author."
12-3-17: "Everything Is Combustible easily surpasses most of its rivals in giving a full sense of a creative life, in all its intensity and random thrills." - Paul Trynka, MOJO
12-2-17: New York City: Richard Lloyd Group plays tonight with the Dream Syndicate at the Bowery Ballroom. 9PM. Richard will be signing copies of Everything Is Combustible at the show!
12-2-17: KEXP-SEATTLE EXCLUSIVE: Annie Zaleski interviews Richard.
12-1-17: Boston Area: Richard Lloyd Group plays tonight with The Dream Syndicate at ONCE in Somerville. 9PM. Richard will be signing copies of Everything Is Combustible at the show!
11-30-17: New Interview with Richard by Joel Gausten: The Combustible Life and Times of Richard Lloyd.
11-27-17: David Chiu at the Huffington Post: "Fascinating...the book is almost Zen-like in its philosophical and spiritual outlook, with Lloyd's experience - both good and bad - feeding his ever curious nature." Read the full article and interview here.
11-26-17:Deeper Digs in Rock / The Rock and Roll Archaeology Project interviewed Richard and discussed his new book. Listen to the entire hour long interview here.
11-16-17:Blurt Magazine: "Everything Is Combustible is not your run-of-the-mill rock memoir. But then Richard Lloyd is nobody’s idea of a run-of-the-mill rock musician. As a founding member and leading light of Television, Lloyd was at the front edge of New York City’s music scene in the late 1970s. … time spent with Richard Lloyd’s Everything is Combustible is time well spent indeed." Full review here.
11-13-17: "Big Angel / Big Devil" Record Collector Magazine's Richie Unterberger interviews Richard about his new book and "the perfect yin of guitar attack and the yang of trying to keep body and soul together." Full article here.
11-9-17:Guitar Aficionado Magazine: Lloyd recalls hanging out with Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Lee, and Led Zeppelin while still in his teens, and as a founding member of Television he helped kickstart the punk movement at CBGB's. Lloyd recalls these, and other adventures from rock's heydey, relating it all with sharp insights and dry wit. Recommended.
Full article here.
11-6-17: "A Classic. The insights into the life behind this extremely creative guitarist are inspiring to anyone who has felt the magic from Marquee Moon on up to this very day. This book will go straight next to Ian Hunter, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Al Kooper on the list of very best rock and roll music autobiographies." - Bob Collum, Bob & Co.
11-5-17:Classic Rock Magazine reviews Everything Is Combustible: "Fascinating...the tales are spectacular."
10-30-17: "Richard Lloyd brings fire to new memoir." New interview with RIchard from Centerline News here.
10-27-17: Tonight: Richard Lloyd Band at the Bowery Electric, NYC, 9pm. Richard will be signing copies of his memoir at the show. Richard's memoir can be purchased at Barnes & Noble locations on Fifth Avenue, Tribeca, Union Square, Broadway, 86th Street, and Brooklyn locations.
10-25-17: Amber Cortes at The Stranger, Seattle, interviews Richard about his memoir, full article here
10-24-17: Everything Is Combustible released today in the #1 position in Amazon Hot New Releases: Punk
10-23-17: Come celebrate the release of Everything Is Combustible with a special show by the Richard Lloyd Band live at the Bowery Electric, New York City, October 27, 9pm. Richard will sign copies of his just-released memoir at the show!
10-21-17: OZY magazine: Everything Is Combustible one of the two best books for bringing back 70s Post-Punk: "So, special that it was Lloyd who wrote it? Mental hospitals and drug overdoses notwithstanding? Hell, yes. 'If you couldn’t have been in New York at the end of the ’70s,' says guitarist and studio owner extraordinaire Bart Thurber, 'Lloyd does a great job of putting you right there. Stink and all.' Not a single bit of which is lost in his 400-page memoir." - Eugene S. Robinson, OZY
10-20-17: From Uproxx: "The guitar icon has lived the kind of life that defies the effects of slog. From nearly the first page, you’re already strapped into the ride, clinking ever higher above the ground as he weaves together thrilling and sordid tales of his time spent in mental institutions, seedy rock clubs, and those formative years as a member of one of the greatest and most impactful bands in the history of rock and roll, Television." Full Article and interview with Richard here.
10-18-17: New review from Spectrum Culture: "The genre of Richard Lloyd’s Everything Is Combustible is unmistakably that of a rock’n’roll memoir, but it is also much more than that. It is, to use a cliché, an honest-to-goodness dive into Lloyd’s mind. Where else can you find a book by a rocker with a chapter titled “The Awakening of Kundalini”? The full review is here.
10-14-17: "The story is told in Lloyd’s no-holds barred style. He holds nothing back and tells it exactly like it happened (to the best of his memory) in his very, very philosophical (cosmic) style. The guy is an excellent writer and Everything Is Combustible is at times hilarious, sad, and terrifying. The guy is a survivor who is still out there doing his thing. This book is a must read and one of her best rock bios I have ever read. Again…wow." - Daggerzine
10-13-17: "Even if Lloyd had never picked up a guitar his memoir would be a compelling glimpse into a unique and unconventional mind. He claims a near photographic memory of his entire life—a life motivated by his ceaseless desire for experiences. These “experiences” range from his early drug use to stays at mental institutions, second-hand guitar lessons from Jimi Hendrix, his long friendship with Anita Pallenberg and of course, being one of the guitarists in one of the greatest bands of all time, Television. Lloyd is alarmingly candid about himself and his life, and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. His worldview is unlike any other I’ve encountered, and while you might not agree (or believe) with everything he states, you can’t stop reading. A truly remarkable achievement." - James Mann, The Big Takeover Magazine #81
10-13-17: "Richard Lloyd has lived his life like he plays his guitar—passionately, fearlessly, traveling from the lowest lows to the highest highs, yet always following an internal compass that points unwaveringly toward unadorned honesty. His courageous reveal of this journey lights up every page of this no-holds-barred memoir." -Chris Stamey, The db's
10-13-17: "One half of Television’s exalted twin-guitar axis alongside Tom Verlaine, Lloyd firmly maintains that he was a fully conscious “old soul” as a baby and wondered often, as a child, whether he had been “stranded on a farm planet as a punishment”... Clearly, Lloyd was, and remains, a complex and unorthodox thinker, and Everything Is Combustible is a duly unusual autobiography...there are anecdotes aplenty, related with unsentimental frankness: here is a man who has been punched by Jimi Hendrix, a man who became “a full-blown junkie” and who was even assessed as dead on arrival at a British hospital in 1979 after a heroin overdose...Whether or not you bridle at Lloyd’s seeming magniloquence (“Some of my recorded solos… like Elevation and See No Evil are melodically perfect, and cannot be faulted by Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck or anyone else…”) the annoying thing is that he’s absolutely right. Those guitar parts are among humankind’s highlight." - Record Collector Magazine
10-13-17: "Richard Lloyd's book is wonderful, totally unlike any other book I've yet read by a noted musician" - Shirley Pena, LA Beat
10-4-17: CraveOnline: Everything Is Combustible is one of the seven best music books of Fall 2017: "Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a pioneer, to be at the cutting edge of a new culture just as it comes into being? There’s something heroic about having the nerve to break away from the pack and invent yourself on your terms. Enter Richard Lloyd, rock & roll guitarist and founding member of Television, who can now add the word “author” to his list of credits. In Everything is Combustible: Television, CBGB’s and Five Decades of Rock and Roll: The Memoirs of an Alchemical Guitarist (Beech Hill, October 24), Lloyd tells the story of his life, each chapter unfolding like a piece of origami. This is rock, in its purest sense: the spirit of freedom and rebellion set to a beat. It is the knowledge that joining the establishment is the wrong move, and that the only way out is through. Lloyd’s stories present the arc of history, and as our narrator and guide he gives us a taste of life as it could be. His first-person account of the transformation from rock to punk, the rise of the Lower East Side, and all the sagas that ensue make Everything is Combustible a first-rate autobiography and must-read for the fall." - Miss Rosen / CraveOnline
9-24-17: Salon: Everything Is Combustible is one of the "30 must-read music books of Fall 2017"
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: 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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAmSVQ_O7dU
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. www.heydeyguitars.com
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 www.decaturbookfestival.com/sessions/view/
7-25-17:Richard Lloyd Group will be performing at theHopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 9. More information:
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 www.eventbrite.com/e/cbgb-athens-tickets
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.
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."
Richard at the STRAND NYC, January 25, 2018
Title page photography: Marcia Resnick
Richard Lloyd book signing at Rough Trade NYC.