Richard Lloyd, a founding member of the band Television, whose seminal 1977 album Marquee Moon helped put the downtown New York rock scene on the music map, is leaving the city he’s called home for more than five decades.
In an interview with The Village Voice, the 64-year-old guitarist revealed that he’s moving to Tennessee where he plans to live on “a 54-acre farm that is no longer used as a farm.” A nearby barn will serve as a music studio.
“It’s very emotional, of course, but I’m happy about it,” Lloyd said. “I love New York and I’m already homesick for it; it’s always been so satisfying to live here. So many of my friends who were so much a part of New York moved away, though. Now I’ll be one of them.”
Lloyd moved to New York’s Greenwhich Village with his family in the 1950s. In his early twenties, he joined Tom Verlaine and Richard Hell to form Television in 1973. Long affiliated with the New York punk scene that emerged from downtown club CBGB, alongside contemporaries like the New York Dolls, the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie, the band went on to great critical acclaim. Commercial success, however, eluded the group.
Lloyd told the Voice that the high cost of living in New York City only played a partial role in his decision to leave the state. More pressing is his need for additional space to house decades’ worth of instruments, recording gear, books and artwork.
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