About Please Kill Me – The Website
PleaseKillMe.com is the home of Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Punk, and other books & projects by best-selling authors Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain. The site is updated daily with new articles and content by Gillian, Legs and other contributors. We cover music, art, culture, fashion, literature and movies – from the 60s through today. We also have a store where you can purchase Please Kill Me branded merch and the books. Our mission statement is simple: THIS IS WHAT’S COOL!
About Please Kill Me – The Book
A contemporary classic, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk is the definitive 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. It is the number one best-selling Punk book of all time. It has been published in 12 languages and helped launch the oral history trend in music books. The 20th Anniversary edition features new photos and an afterword by the authors.
About Gillian McCain & Legs McNeil
Gillian McCain is a Canadian poet, author, and photography collector. Besides Please Kill Me McCain is also the author of two books of poetry: Tilt and Religion. Portions of her “found photo” collection have been featured in magazines, published as limited edition books, and exhibited at the Camera Club of New York gallery. She sat on the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery New York City.
Legs McNeil is an American music journalist. He is one of the three original founders of the seminal Punk magazine that gave the movement its name; as well as being a former editor at Spin and editor-in-chief of Nerve Magazine. Besides Please Kill Me, McNeil is also co-author of The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry, a definitive work on the porn industry. As Publisher’s Weekly said, “This compulsively readable book perfectly captures the pop culture zeitgeist. It doesn’t hurt that the history of American pornography is inextricably intertwined with all the subjects that captivate us: sex, drugs, beauty, fame, money, the Mafia, law enforcement and violence.” McNeil’s most recent book, Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose is another collaborative effort with Gillian McCain. Dear Nobody was published on April 1st 2014 and received widespread critical acclaim as being the authentic version of Go Ask Alice. McNeil has appeared on many TV documentaries, from the History Channel to VH1, and has produced and hosted a three-hour TV special on Court TV over three nights on the porn industry, which was the highest-rated original programming in that network’s history.
PleaseKillMe.com is run by a team, which includes Gillian, Legs and other staff and contributors. Bios & information on our staff & contributors is available here: http://pleasekillme.com/our-contributors/