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Please Kill Me

The Uncensored Oral History of Punk


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Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil
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"You won’t be bored! :)"
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‘Please kill me’ is an account of the rise and fall of Punk from a largely New York perspective. It’s an Oral History, so is told entirely via snippets of interviews with many of the famous and infamous people involved (eg The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Malcolm McLaren etc), and is all the better for it.

I know very little about Punk, but still found this a thoroughly entertaining read – plenty of gossip, bitching, and outrageous sex & drug stories – as well as a fascinating look into the beginnings of Punk from the viewpoint of people who were actually there.

Rolling Stone calls it “an honest detailed oral history, uncensored – hell, filthy – and fascinating”.

You won’t be bored! :)

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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 of 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.

Author Biography

Legs McNeil is responsible for naming the movement 'punk' and is the author of Yuppie like Me. Gillian McCain is a published poet and a former editor of the Poetry Project Newsletter.
Release date NZ
July 3rd, 1997
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Section: 16, B&W
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