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ISBN:
0349108803
Author:
Legs McNeil
Category:
Music
Language:
English
Publisher:
Time Warner Books Uk; New Ed edition (July 1997)
Pages:
544 pages
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Please Kill Me and other books & projects by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain. Alan Bisbort February 13, 2019. His father, Wallace Berman, was one of the best-known artists in America, featured on the cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts.

Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain is the number one best-selling Punk book of all time. Please Kill Me might make you shed the kind of tears reserved for lost poets and fuckups, but it almost certainly will also make you laugh.

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain is the number one best-selling Punk book of all time. It’s an honest, detailed oral history, uncensored-hell, filthy-and fascinating.

A Time Out and Daily News Top Ten Book of the Year upon its initial release, Please Kill Me is the first oral history of the most nihilist of all pop movements

A Time Out and Daily News Top Ten Book of the Year upon its initial release, Please Kill Me is the first oral history of the most nihilist of all pop movements.

Please Kill Me is not meant to be uplifting.

McNeil and McCain (Tilt) provide a vivid look at the volatile and needy personalities who created punk, if they do not offer perceptive musical or cultural analysis. Please Kill Me is not meant to be uplifting. It's a book about a bunch of mostly messed-up, at best semi-stable people of limited talent, who nonetheless came together to create something great. It's the story of those people, not the specific chords they played or the amplifiers they used.

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk McNeil is also co-author of The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry.

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. Roderick Edward "Legs" McNeil (born January 27, 1956 in Cheshire, Connecticut, United States) is an American music journalist. McNeil is also co-author of The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry. As Publisher’s Weekly said, This compulsively readable book perfectly captures the pop culture zeitgeist.

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McNeil, Legs; McCain, Gillian. Popular Music, Punk, Oral HIstory, Interviews, New York City, USA, America, United States, Lower East Side, 1970s, 1980s, Punk rock music, Rock musicians, Punk culture. New York : Grove Press.

Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain - Please Kill Me: An Uncensored Oral History of Punk (Grove Press, 1996). A Time Out and Daily News Top Ten Book of the Year upon its initial release, Please Kill Me is the first oral history of the most nihilist of all pop movements

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What Britain refined, America defined. Assembled by two key figures at the heart of the movement and told through the voices o musicians, artists, iconoclastic reporters and entrepreneurial groupies, PLEASE KILL ME is the full decadent story of the American punk scene, through the early years of Andy Warhol's Factory to the New York underground of Max's Kansas City and later, its heyday at CBGB's, spiritual home to the Ramones, Talking Heads, Television and Blondie. PLEASE KILL ME goes backstage and behind apartment doors to chronicle the sex, drugs and power struggles that were the very fabric of the American punk community, to the time before piercing and tattoos became commonplace and when every concert, new band and fashion statement marked an absolute first. From Iggy Pop and Lou Reed to the Clash and the Sex Pistols (the first time around), McNeil and McCain document a time of glorious self-destruction and perverse innocence - possibly the last time so many will so much fun in the pursuit of excess.
  • Qucid
Good book with a somewhat limited view of the New York punk scene from the late 60's to the early 80's. The start of the Velvet Underground to the end of the Dead Boys.
Gets rather gossipy after a while, which I really don't care about what some prostitute/groupie thinks about some punk rocker/junkie guy she blew in the bathroom after he shot her up with some crap heroin, you know?
Definitely has lots of insight about the personal lives of those covered but it becomes labored with overdose story after overdose story to the point that it just makes your skin crawl. The punk movement would not have happened after the AIDS epidemic.
In the end everyone in the book says the same thing, "I couldn't believe it when I heard so-and-so died but I saw it coming".
The sheen of the glamours rock & roll lifestyle is certainly peeled away and the disgusting underbelly is exposed in this street view of what was happening in the mid 70's in the USA and Europe.
About a dozen bands are covered in this book, so it really is kind of narrow in it's focus but what is discussed is thorough. Very thorough.
  • deadly claw
I found Please Kill Me insightful, informative and fascinating. It told me a lot of things I didn't know, even though I followed the punk era closely in the magazines of the time; caught the tail end of it when I moved to NYC in the '80s; and actually became acquainted with a few of the people mentioned in the book. From what I know, at least, it's pretty accurate.

Please Kill Me is not meant to be uplifting. It's a book about a bunch of mostly messed-up, at best semi-stable people of limited talent, who nonetheless came together to create something great. It's the story of those people, not the specific chords they played or the amplifiers they used. It's unusual in that it goes into great depth explaining the genesis of punk; this book makes it clear that the foundation was laid long before the Ramones ever played a note.

It's also a fantastic read. I started reading it on a cross-country flight and stayed up all night finishing it. It's especially compelling when you contrast it with the sanitized, glorified shopping mall that now calls itself New York City.

I wrote this review after seeing too many denigrate the book because it presented a different picture of the people and the music than they expected. This guy was right in the middle of it all, and earned his knowledge through personal experience. There are only a few other people who can match his depth of understanding on this topic, or his passion for it.
  • Katius
This is Punk as it happened by the people who were there.

In New York, and some in Detroit and London. Bit of California. Mostly Lou Reed and Iggy Pop and the Ramones and the Dead Boys and Blondie.

And the club kids and the hangers-on, the club owners and the drug dealers.

Everyone who doesn’t die gets old.

It is sad.

It is beautiful.

It ends, like everything, too soon.
  • Tuliancel
As crazily complete an account of a musical movement as you will ever read. I hate to say it, but this is my era and I was completely engrossed by the depraved and drugged out path Punk took through its all too brief lifetime.

The book is entirely made up of interviews from everyone who could possibly have anything to say about the seedy history of Punk music. There is no descriptive content other than these interviews which are carefully and cleverly woven together to provide a dynamic timeline of this ugly step child sub-genre of rock and roll. Everyone is interviewed, from musicians to producers to journalists to drug dealers to drag queens to groupies. This complete cast of characters from both sides of the Atlantic creates a narrative so seedy that sometimes you feel you have to bathe after reading it.

And that is as it should be because the story in its decadence is completely mesmerizing.

Everybody is here, The New York Dolls, MC5, The Dictators, The Dead Boys, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Patti Smith and that only gets you half way through the book. I am also happy to report that as a huge fan I was gratified to learn that the number one degenerate from which all Punk sprang (or, more appropriately, seeped) is the king himself, Mr. Iggy Pop; a man pretty much at the center of this descent into musical madness.

For me this is the definitive story, and by far the best overview, of the insane world of Punk music I've ever read.
  • Daiktilar
A lot of rock 'n' roll histories come off feeling a bit bland, you get the basic outline of the story, who did what, but you wonder about the stories that didn't make it into the book, the kind of stuff that people don't want to say on the record.

This book is nothing but that stuff.

Tales of living hard and wild and irresponsibly. Sad and squalid at times, laugh-out-loud funny at others, The dirt is dished by people who were maling the scene. The Velvets, The Stooges, Warhol, Jim Morrison, Nico, MC5, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Television, David Bowie, The Ramones, Blondie, Jim Carroll, Sid and Nancy, and more.... a lot of rock mythology has been built up around these people, but this book is not afraid of bursting the bubble over and over again. If punk meant anything it meant not giving a sh-- what other people think, an attitude which is displayed on every single page in "Please Kill Me". No analysis, no legend-building, just the crazy tales of a crazy time.
  • Light out of Fildon
This may be one of the most complete and perfect histories ever compiled, of any era, in any lifetime. Legs has contributed something to connect those of us who wish we had been there to the artists who make us feel like we were. If you know that punk was never just about a new way to make some noise, this will help you get deeper into the heart and soul of it, with stories of wild nights in the company of frustrated poets, street hustlers, guitar slingers, and observers of life.