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Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (edition 2006)

by Legs McNeil (Author)

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An "oral history of the most nihilistic of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, the Ramones, and scores of other punk figures lend their voices to this decisive account of that explosive era"--Page 4 of cover.
Title:Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Authors:Legs McNeil (Author)
Info:Grove Press (2006), Edition: Reprint, 488 pages
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devastated that I’ve finished, I never wanted it to end !!! ( )
  chloec | Jul 7, 2020 |
Entertaining and informative.
Definitely gives you the feeling of being there. ( )
  23Goatboy23 | Jan 17, 2020 |
Totally engrossing, disgusting, harrowing, you name it. Also great pictures. This oral history of punk is mostly focused on the scene in New York City, but also works in the Sex Pistols. Depending on who is doing the recollecting, you may get various views. The surprising thing is that anyone can remember anything, given how many drugs they took. This is the only book where I have ever gone through the cast of characters at the end to mark off the additional ones who have died since the book was published in 1997. But of course, Iggy is still alive--which would seem to defy the odds. But perhaps it stems from the fact that as crazy as he was, he seemed to be enjoying himself and not having a death wish. Of course, by 2019, some of the folks have lived a normal lifespan. In any case, enough with the death obsession. This book provides fascinating stories about some of my favorite performers such as Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine, and it introduced me to some other performers I knew nothing or very little about. The book traces punk back to The Velvet Underground, the MC5, and the Stooges. I can't argue with that. Some sort of sequel is really warranted. ( )
  datrappert | Feb 28, 2019 |
Amazing, fun read! ( )
  Shelby-Lamb-Author | Jan 17, 2017 |
This is one of the most inventive and surprising non-fiction books that I have read. I was really intrigued and loved the concept. It was a really informative and entertaining way of telling the story that relies so much on character and voice. I would definitely recommend this book. ( )
  ceciliachard | Oct 31, 2016 |
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Jag skulle inte vilja kalla Please kill me för punkrockbibel, men visst innehåller den en bra grund att stå på när man letar vidare efter nya sköna biografier inom genren att sluka.
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An "oral history of the most nihilistic of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, the Ramones, and scores of other punk figures lend their voices to this decisive account of that explosive era"--Page 4 of cover.

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