Please Kill Me

The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
McNeil, Legs (Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Please Kill Me

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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. Iggy Pop, Danny Fields, Dee Dee and Joey Ramone, Malcom McLaren, Jim Carroll, and scores of other famous and infamous punk figures lend their voices to this definitive account of that outrageous, explosive era. From its origins in the twilight years of Andy Warhol's New York reign to its last gasps as eighties corporate rock, the phenomenon known as punk is scrutinized, eulogized, and idealized by the people who were there and who made it happen.
Authors: McNeil, Legs
Title: Please kill me
the uncensored oral history of punk
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2006]
Edition: 10th anniversary ed
Characteristics: 449 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
Contents: I wanna be your dog: 1967-1971
The lipstick killers: 1971-1974
The piss factory: 1974-1975
You should never have opened that door: 1976-1977
Search and destroy: 1978-1980
Nevermind: 1980-1992
Additional Contributors: McCain, Gillian
ISBN: 9780802142641
Branch Call Number: 781.66 M169p 2006
Subject Headings: Punk rock music History and criticism Punk rock musicians Interviews Punk culture
Topical Term: Punk rock music
Punk rock musicians
Punk culture
LCCN: 95049841
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The rise and fall of punk rock is well documented via the people who were there. A fascinating and sometimes tragic look into the genre's beginnings.

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If you're a fan of oral history and the interview format, even if you have no current interest in punk and New York in the 60s/70s, you'll love this collection of stories about the beginnings of an entire musical genre. The personalities interviewed and described in this book seem too eccentric to be real - in the best possible way.

Oct 25, 2013
  • AmyEighttrack rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A simply indispensable book about punk rock and it's milieu, if you ever vaguely thought that it mattered. And. Fascinating.

Jan 31, 2011
  • Northbrook_Andy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book only proves that punk is not just an attitude, but a movement worthy of documentation. Highly recommended.

Sep 08, 2010
  • silencio rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating! An up-close look at the east coast music underground in the late 60‘s and 70‘s…Brilliant!


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Sep 25, 2014
  • multcolib_rossb rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm a sonic reducer, I ain't no loser.

Among other things in "Please Kill Me," you'll learn about those charming fellows in the Dead Boys.

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