Massive Pissed Love

Nonfiction 2001-2014

by Richard Hell

List Price: $19.95
Paperback | 6 x 9, 304 Pages | ISBN 9781593766276

Richard Hell may best be known as a punk icon, a founding member of seminal bands Television, the Heartbreakers, and The Voidoids, but for decades he’s been a prominent voice in American letters. Through his novels Go Now and Godlike, and his critically acclaimed autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, Hell has proven himself as a talented and insightful writer across many genres, in many forms. But one might argue that Richard’s true genius lies in shorter form as a writer on culture. “Love comes in spurts,” Hell once sang, and that could well describe the intensity of his penetrating and wickedly droll criticism.

Massive Pissed Love is a collection of Hell’s ruminations on art, literature, and music, among other things, that’s like a candy box of reading treats, a bag of shiny marbles, a cabinet of mementos and uncanny fetishes. However one thinks of it, it’s a joy to read from start to finish and a deeply necessary addition to the oeuvre of one of the sharpest minds and sensibilities at work today.



A rueful, battle-scarred, darkly witty observer of his own life and times

—New York Times

Fuel for Hell’s minions, a fan’s notes for fans.


For fans of Hell’s personal mythos and/or musings on others, Massive Pissed Love is the must-read.

—The Village Voice

Poet, musician, fashion icon, and terrific, terrific writer. Chances are, you have been deeply influenced by Richard Hell your whole life. You just didn’t know it.

—Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential

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