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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.[2][3]

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 MagazineBesides 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.

Contact The Please Kill Me Staff

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/

Gillian McCain & Legs McNeil in the Media 

Legs McNeil at Vice.com

Rolling Stone – Watch Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain Tour Bowery’s Punk Landmarks

Gillian McCain: The Female Bard of Punk – Lenny Letter

All Good Cretins: Legs McNeil Remembers Tommy Ramone – Spin.com

LEGS MCNEIL & GILLIAN MCCAIN on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast

WHY ‘PLEASE KILL ME’ IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ROCK BOOKS EVER

Gillian McCain Literally Wrote the Book on Punk – ELLE Magazine

Punk’s not dead: Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain and ‘Please Kill Me’ – LA Times

Live through this: A conversation with Legs McNeil

Gillian McCain is the punk poet behind the craziest history book ever written – vice.com

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk on GoodReads

What Lou Reed Was Really Like: Legs McNeil’s Tribute to the Velvet Underground Legend – the Daily Beast

The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten: His Memoir Seethes With Anger—And Charm – the Daily Beast

Richard Hell Was the First Person to Shoot Up Heroin in Front of Me – the Daily Beast

Punk journalist Legs McNeil and his new journey – IndieWeek

Punk insider tells the music’s real story – Miami Herald

Gillian McCain at Teen Reads

Legs McNeil Shows Me the Secret of Punk Rock Innovation – Psychology Today

An Interview with Legs McNeil

All the Young Punks – NY Times Review of Please Kill Me

PLEASE KILL ME! INTERVIEW WITH LEGS MCNEIL – Glorious Noise

DEAR NOBODY: INTERVIEW W/GILLIAN MCCAIN & LEGS MCNEIL – Justine Magazine

Gird Your Loins for Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain’s SoCal Rock Oral History, 69

Please Kill Me‘s Punk Historians Turn Their Attention to L.A. in the Late ’60s – LA Weekly

GILLIAN MCCAIN & LEGS MCNEIL TALK THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF “PLEASE KILL ME: THE UNCENSORED HISTORY OF PUNK” AND MUCH MORE – Downtown Magazine

Legs McNeil And Gillian McCain Bring The Origins Of Punk Right To Your Fingertips: BUST Interview

‘Punk rock’ inventor Legs McNeil coming to Savannah post ‘CBGB’

Please Kill Me author Legs McNeil on His New Book, Music and Chuck Berry

An extended conversation with Gillian McCain, co-author of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored History of Punk

Legs McNeil Remembers Punk Pioneer Ron Asheton – Vanity Fair

Legs McNeil on Joey Ramone, punk in 2012, and not trusting music critics

‘Please Kill Me’ 20th Anniversary edition & tour announced; ‘Punk’ talk happening at Queens Museum – Brooklyn Vegan

Anarchy in NYC vs. the U.K. – NY Mag

A LESSON IN PUNK FROM LEGS MCNEIL & GILLIAN MCCAIN – Brooklyn Radio

The Kaleidoscopic Flicker – The Paris Review

Legs McNeil, Resident Punk – Gothamist

Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain Look Back On 20 Years Of “Please Kill Me” – Phoenix New Times

Gillian McCain at Folder Magazine

Interview with Punk authors Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

Descent of the Dolls Part 1 by Jeffrey Conway, Gillian McCain, and David Trinidad

If Punk Is Dead, “Please Kill Me” Shows Us Where The Bodies Are Buried

‘Please Kill Me’ Co-Author Gillian McCain on Poetry, Punk and the Significance of Oral History