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Everything Is Combustible: Television, CBGB's and Five Decades of Rock and Roll

The Memoirs of an Alchemical Guitarist
Narrated by: Richard Lloyd
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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Legendary Rock and Roll guitarist. Founding member of Television. Masterful storyteller. Written in Lloyd's inimitable, frequently humorous style, Everything Is Combustible chronicles, through vignettes, Lloyd's colorful early life, starting in Pittsburgh and soon moving to New York City, and then details his teenage travels and encounters with music legends including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, and Keith Moon.

Lloyd recounts the founding of Television, the band's rise alongside other bands and personalities in the 1970s New York Music scene, and the legend-making of the unparalleled music venue, CBGB. As the rock ‘n’ roll tales unfold, he accompanies them with insights into his approach to music and the electric guitar. Lloyd’s mid-career vignettes detail his solo years, including the backstory of critically praised records such as Alchemy and Field of Fire, his drug addiction and recovery, his '90s-era work, and touring adventures with artists such as Matthew Sweet, John Doe, and Robert Quine. Throughout the audiobook is an undercurrent - Lloyd’s continually evolving spiritual-philosophical approach to life, emerging from the conscious digestion of the highs and the lows - both ends of the same stick.

In Everything Is Combustible, Richard Lloyd relates his life, both inner and outer, in the narrative style, digging beneath the events and revealing their meanings. Everything Is Combustible is a must-have for any fan of Television and the heyday of the New York rock music scene. It fills a void in the written record as the first complete account of the band, including the making of their records and touring, from a founding member of the band. Considered a foundational band of alternative rock, Television’s debut record, Marquee Moon, is widely viewed by critics and musicians as one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

As one half of Television’s unique guitar sound, and a legendary solo artist in his own right, Richard Lloyd’s music has influenced a range of bands and artists from U2, Johnny Marr, and Joy Division to R.E.M., Sonic Youth, Wilco, and John Frusciante.

©2017 Richard Lloyd (P)2018 Cam Barber

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one man's memories

it was a good listen. But I'm left feeling Lloyd believes his legacy is way bigger than it actually is. Nevertheless...I just about recommend it if you remember those times as I do.

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great story by one of the greatest rock guitarists

a pioneer of new wave - unafraid and a crucial book if you want to know about television, new York in the early 70s and rock n roll excess at a time when no.one cared

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One of the greatest Rock & Roll stories ever told.

Fascinating, insightful and very funny. Richard Lloyd has led quite a life and the book focuses on his memories of becoming a musician surrounded by the elite of music. Don't be put off if your not a massive fan of Television, this is the best Book / Audiobook I've listened to. Lloyd reading it makes it a great listen.

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Dry and delightful

I’m a big fan of Richard Lloyd, and a big fan of Television. I was going to buy the book but when I saw he read the audio version I jumped at the chance. Lloyd’s delivery is honest, dry and often hilarious, like literally laugh out loud. The stuff on Television is interesting but in all actuality, just another chapter in his extraordinary life.

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  • Edward P. Gagnon
  • 17-06-19

Guitar Hero

I was glad to learn more about Richard Lloyd, I admired his guitar playing on Television's records and also on Matthew Sweet's 90s records.

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  • DiablosBLVD
  • 19-04-19

A Guru for the Lost

His Alchemical Guitarist series changed my playing. This book changed my like. Thank you Mr. Lloyd.

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  • BrassHat
  • 20-07-18

Richard Lloyd is the man!!!

Really loved the honest and raw telling of this book in Richard's own voice.
Aside from his history with Television, Richard's history is dense with great tales of rock and roll and humanity.

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  • Cally L Rempis
  • 16-05-18

Endless quasi-metaphysical nonsense.

this book starts off promisingly enough, with the author/narrator promising to forgo all the needless genealogy and get right to the story the listener came for. Unfortunately, we are instead subjected endless rambling about ridiculous concepts and questionable (if not impossible) memories.

Literally one of the most difficult to listen to books I have yet to encounter.

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  • Carthage64
  • 07-04-18

Great Story / Lethargic Performance

Great Story but Lloyd should have gotten someone else to Perform this book. Droning delivery from Mister monotone Richard Lloyd almost killed the book for me. The stories save it