From Publishers Weekly
Various and sundry works by Richard Hell (Go Now), the leader of the late '70s No Wave band the Voidoids, are assembled in Hot and Cold: Essays Poems Lyrics Notebooks Pictures Fiction. Largely previously unpublished, and typically irreverent, lewd, sublime, non-sequiturous and anti-establishment these works wrest the strange, funny and disgusting out of most situations. In an early prose poem, Hell describes a bestiality fantasy; in a notebook entry, he describes a meeting with an ailing William Burroughs. Neo-punks and the alternative "whatever" crowd will enjoy this beautifully printed document of overlapping sub-cultures.
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"... It's a defining history lesson, a moving, brainy personal exploration, and literature at its most uncompromising and greatest." -- Dennis Cooper
"...It works as both punk memoir and a universal coming of age story about being young, rude and less stupid than you put on." -- Gear
"Hot and Cold is remarkable for its enthusiasm and generosity of spirit." -- Blender
... From the beginning, Richard Hell has burned with the same blue flame of misfit insight and desperate beauty. -- Jerry Stahl in Bookforum
... Neo-punks and the alternative "whatever" crowd will enjoy this beautifully printed document of overlapping subcultures. -- Publishers Weekly
Hell is a genuine writer... some of the best writing about rock Ive ever read. -- David Dalton in Gadfly