Richard Hell – Blank Generation (1977)

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Blank Generation is the debut studio album by American punk rock band Richard Hell and the Voidoids. It was produced by Richard Gottehrer and released in September 1977 on Sire Records. The title track is loosely based on the single “The Beat Generation”, a late-1950s collaboration between Bob McFadden and poet Rod McKuen. The original album sleeve features a front cover photo of frontman Richard Hell in black jeans and shirtless, opening a frayed jacket to reveal the phrase “YOU MAKE ME _______” written across his chest. The photo was taken by CBGB’s unofficial photographer Roberta Bayley. The back cover featured a posed photo of Hell and the Voidoids taken by Kate Simon.


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