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Month: August 2016

I LEARNED EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT SEX FROM LYDIA LUNCH!

With her pale skin and perfectly messy black mop of hair, Lydia was always the goth beauty, with a sailor's mouth, and a revolutionary's brain. The femme fatale of outsider films, music and poetry in pointy toe black patent boots. Her part in the Richard Kern film, "Fingered" was especially outrageous. Never shy, Lunch willingly participates in explicit sex scenes. The film was based on 16 year old Lydia and Marty Nation's violent hitchhiking adventures which would usually end with Marty's knife slashing the interior of their ride....
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TRAILER FOR THE NEW NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS MOVIE!

It's been a devastating year for Nick Cave after son Arthur fell from a 60ft cliff and died during a bad acid trip in July of 2015. Fans were worried about him, yet instinctively knew if he pulled through he would transform his suffering into beautiful music. Not only has he done that with new album Skeleton Tree, but you can preview the new songs by purchasing tickets to his new movie One More Time With Feeling. ...
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PUNK’S NOT DEAD: LEGS MCNEIL AND GILLIAN MCCAIN AND ‘PLEASE KILL ME!’ (L.A. TIMES)

They came not to bury punk but to praise it. 20 years ago, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain published “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk” with Grove Press. The format was ingenious — no single person could lay claim to know the whole of the sprawling, anarchically creative, drug-riddled scene. ...

THIS CHARMING MAN: BRYAN FERRY PLAYS THE BEACON THEATRE!

Bryan Ferry was working as a part-time furniture restorer and ceramics teacher when he met art school graduate Brian Eno in 1970. At the time, the fledgling musicians had no idea the success their partnership would create. Eno and Ferry, along with Roxy Music founding member Andy Mackay, would combine their art school backgrounds and interest in avant-garde music to create an irresistible sound and enduring style....
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SIX RULES FOR CREATING AN ORAL HISTORY! (LITERARY HUB)

via Literary Hub - The Original Chroniclers of Punk on How They Did It - When Jean Stein and George Plimpton began compiling their book American Journey: The Times of Robert Kennedy, using the oral history format, little did they realize that they were inventing a revolutionary new literary genre that, ten years later, would land them on the best-seller list....
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GILLIAN MCCAIN LITERALLY WROTE THE BOOK ON PUNK! (ELLE)

When Gillian McCain was in high school she took an aptitude quiz that told her she should consider a career in "writing with a sociological bent, especially about fringe groups." A decade or so later, she teamed up with writer and editor Legs McNeil for their seminal history of New York's '70s punk scene, Please Kill Me. Score one for the quiz, right? ...
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PLEASE KILL ME TURNS 20! (PORTLAND MERCURY)

IF YOU’VE READ it, you probably remember exactly where you were when you first encountered Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain’s Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. I first came across the book as a 16-year-old kid in a small town in southwestern Colorado. I’d recently discovered punk, and went about putting safety pins in my clothes and calling myself a punk, but for all I knew, punk rock began and ended with the Sex Pistols. When I found Please Kill Me on the shelf of the local bookstore, I bought it without question, expecting mohawks and mosh pits. I couldn’t have been more wrong. ...
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THE FUNNIEST, GROSSEST AND MOST LURID STORIES FROM ‘PLEASE KILL ME!’ (NME)

PKM 20th in the NME!! - - "Please Kill Me, the oral history of punk written by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, was published 20 years ago this year. It's credited as the book that popularised the oral history format, but, more than that, it's an essential read for anyone with even the slightest interest in the movement. "...