Where Punk and Poetry Meet


Television is a New York punk band that was formed in 1973.  The original members of the band were Richard Hell, Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd and Billy Ficca.  Richard Hell left the band in 1975 after his personality failed to mold to the other band members.  In 1977, Television released their most influential album, "Marquee Moon."  The album was very different from any music being released in 1977.  Television is considered to be a pioneer of New York punk rock.  Television's music has heavy ties to literature.  Both Hell and Verlaine originally moved to New York to be come poets.  The two of them loved French poetry translations, and Hell soon started to read the work of New York School poets.  NYS poets were a small group of new, avant garde poets that were producing work before and during Hell and Verlaine's time in New York.  Poetry heavily influenced Television, and Television influenced New York punk rock.

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