Please Kill Me : Uncensored Oral History of Punk Paperback
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages, Section: 16, B&W
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 03/07/1997
- Category: Punk, New Wave & Indie
- ISBN: 9780349108803
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Review by kraaivrouw
I love this book & have read & re-read it many times since it came home with me from Half-Price Books in the U-District in Seattle. I was out of stuff to read last night & headed to the library today so I pulled this out to tide me over.First, this is an oral history & I love good oral history. Studs Terkel has always been a huge hero of mine & Legs McNeil is way on up there with this book.Next, this is a wonderful collection of words & musing about the American punk scene. I particularly love that it starts with the Velvet Underground and proceeds through MC5 & on to Iggy Pop - these are 3 of my favorites.Then the New York Dolls & Television & The Ramones. Having spent a lot of time with this music & its ethos this book flat does it for me.