Please Kill Me

Please Kill Me

The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
Artists, reporters, and groupies chronicle the emergence of punk music in New York's underground and give backstage accounts of drugs, sex, and power struggles

Blackwell North Amer
In this first oral history of the most nihilist of all pop movements, Legs McNeil, who first coined the term "punk," and Gillian McCain bring the sound of the punk generation chillingly to life. Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Johansen, Dee Dee Ramone, Nico, Patti Smith, Malcolm McLaren, 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 analyzed, criticized, eulogized, and idealized by the people who were not only there, but who made it happen. Please Kill Me reads like a fast-paced novel, but the energy it celebrates and the tragedies it contains are all too real and all too achingly human.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780140266900
Branch Call Number: 781.66 McN
Characteristics: xviii, 450 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: McNeil, Legs
McCain, Gillian


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Dec 05, 2019

A great read - informative - the lifestyle certainly encourages you to put the guitar down and chase a degree instead - unless you like starving - are you ready to give it all up for the dream - these artists were.

OPL_DavidD Jul 03, 2019

A sometimes bleak, sometimes entertaining look at the formation of the American punk scene in the 1970's. It's an oral history that casts a wide net, so you get to know the rivalries, feuds, the contradicting stories, and the excesses. It does for New York what the Decline of Western Civilization documentary does for LA.

jasoneshoup Aug 04, 2017

Among my all-time favorites, Please Kill Me is a real-life fairy tale of drugs, excess and rage. This oral history chronicles the rise of the New York - based punk movement from its earliest roots with the MC5, the Velvets and Dolls through the Ramones and beyond. These stories - told by the men and women who changed the world of music and fashion forever - border on the fantastic.

May 05, 2014

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

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

Clayton Cheever Feb 24, 2011

I keep coming upon references to this book. The format is so great - so many interesting personalities. Required reading for sure!

Northbrook_Andy Jan 31, 2011

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


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