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
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. - UPROXX
Those were the same kind of stones needed to make musical art in the midst of drugs, real urban crime and that kind of special madness that kicks in when you’re a little too close to the edge. 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 Robinson, OZY Magazine
The memoir is filled with tales almost too amazing to believe—like sneaking backstage to meet John Lee Hooker or ending up in the hospital after a sex-fueled trampoline romp gone wrong… the list goes on. The book brings you back to the days when clubs were dirty, drugs were cheap, and punk rock was raw. The remarkable journey of Television’s rise from CBGB’s house band to blossoming into the full, arpeggiated glory that is Marquee Moon is documented with both personality and insight. - Amber Cortes,The Stranger
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. - Bill Kopp, Blurt Magazine
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. -Tim Hinely, Daggerzine
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”? - Dylan Montanori, Spectrum Culture. Full in-depth review here.
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
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
Boldly Visionary, [an] absolute treat from start to finish. - Shirley Pena, The LA Beat
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, 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, Crave Online
Everything Is Combustible is one of the 30 must-read music books of Fall 2017 - Annie Zaleski, Salon
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
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. - Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey! and Head of A&R at Light in the Attic Records
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. - Danny Goldberg
A classic. Richard is one of the rare musicians who can tell a tale as well as he can fly around the fretboard. 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.
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. - Chad Radford, Creative Loafing Magazine
...this is rock's answer to G. I. Gurdjieff's " Meetings with Remarkable Men," a spiritual journey. Richard Lloyd is a great guitarist. Now he has written a great book - John Douglas Ned
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. -Guitar Aficionado Magazine
Boy has there been a spate of good rock 'n roll reading this past year or three ... now there's this killer to contend with! And what a killer it is! -Black To Comm
Everything Is Combustible is a must-read for those who are fascinated with the CBGB's New York rock world. For whatever reason, or what was breathed in that Manhattan air, concerning that generation of musicians, they left a lot of great literature for us to read (and music too) and for us fans to comment on. Richard Lloyd's book is pretty wonderful in that sense. Superb read. - Tam Tam Books
Everything Is Combustible is a truthful document of a unique individual, whom I am pleased to say has made me happy hundreds of times over with his recorded legacy ... an influence that has been felt all around the world. Thank you Richard Lloyd! - Noah Fence, Freeform Portland Radio
Todd McGovern at PLEASEKILLME interviews Richard on the eve of the release of his memoir: Full interview here.
Centerline News: "Richard Lloyd brings fire to new memoir" Full interview with Richard here.
"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.