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

by Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain

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Title:Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (An Evergreen book)
Authors:Legs McNeil
Other authors:Gillian McCain
Info:Grove Press (2006), Paperback, 488 pages
Collections:Your library, Non-Fiction
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Tags:music, punk rock, shelved

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Please kill me : the uncensored oral history of punk by Legs McNeil

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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 |
Sex, drugs and rock and roll. A very interesting read of the beginning of an era told through interviews with people that were there. So many behind the scenes stories and tales of debauchery. More a history of the new wave/punk than the hardcore/punk, but still an engaging read. ( )
  Bricker | Apr 19, 2015 |
While every teen has Punk is not Dead written in their notebooks, this book sports a cry from Punk itself begging to be killed. What could be more clever or Punk?
This book traces the punk (as scene, music style or movement) back to the 60's cultural explosion that allowed the creation of bands like Velvet Underground, which is rightfully acknowledged as square one for the whole thing.
The book is assembled as a documentary, entertwining interviews separated by subject, which I think that must be exaustive to execute, but makes an extraordinary result.
On the other hand, any teenage illusion about punk is destroyed, showing a scene with loads of drugs, no idealogy and lots of sex (from the USA side).
Great reading! ( )
  apokoliptian | Jun 6, 2014 |
Great oral history with cheeky editing that creates the appearance of an ongoing discussion about the development of the east coast punk scene, or what [author: Legs McNeill] has always insisted is THE punk scene.
I have read this a few times: never gets old. Read Please Kill Me with [book: We Got The Neutron Bomb], which handles the west coast punk scene in a similar manner. ( )
  dagseoul | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140266909, Paperback)

Though Britain's notorious Sex Pistols shoved punk rock into the face of mainstream America, the movement was already brewing in the U.S. in the 1960s with bands like the Velvet Underground and Iggy and the Stooges. Through hundreds of interviews with forgotten bands as well as the ones that made names for themselves--including Blondie and the Ramones--Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain chronicle punk rock history through the people who really lived it. Please Kill Me is a thrash down memory lane for those hip to punk's early years and an enlightening history lesson for youngsters interested in the origins of modern "alternative" music.

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