Punk Rocker to Visit Classroom, Offer Public Lecture

For a class on the American punk rock movement of the 1970s, Harper College students have been reading portions of a recently published autobiography by Richard Hell, one of the genre's originators. They're saving any questions to ask him firsthand, when the punk rocker - who's secured a significant place in the 20thcentury American underground music and literature scene - visits the class Wednesday, May 1, to discuss his career and his book.

"One of the things we emphasize in our class is the way that the counterculture and underground scenes of the past were capable of producing really great art, and Richard Hell's work is a great example of that," Cremins says. "It's an extraordinary opportunity any time we can bring our students face to face to learn directly from those whose work they're reading."

The classroom visit will be followed by a public Harper appearance at 7 p.m. May 1 in the J Theatre, Room J143 in Building J on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Tickets are $8.

The front man of Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Hell–born Richard Meyers–has played with the groups Television and Dim Stars and was part of the same New York music scene that produced The Ramones, The Talking Heads, and Blondie. Since retiring from music in 1984, he has written two novels, "Go Now" and "Godlike," and published numerous poems, essays and articles. For his Harper visit, he will share stories about his career and discuss his new autobiography.

For tickets or more information, call 847.925.6100 or visit - www.harpercollege.edu/boxoffice.

Press contact: Patrick Bromley, 847.925.6000 ext. 2564