The 4th Annual L.A. ZINE FEST
is happening this Sunday February 15
in Los Angeles
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS An interview with Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
(co-authors of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk) facilitated by DM Collins and Daiana Feuer of L.A. Record.
FREE TO ATTEND L.A. Zine Fest celebrates self- publishing and
D.I.Y culture in the community. This year’s Fest will feature OVER 180 ZINESTERS writers, illustrators, comix creators, photographers and artists/makers selling, trading and sharing their work, all in one place, for one amazing day!
“The more we fear the future, the more we recycle the past.” Legs McNeil
Growing up, my knowledge of punk rock music was limited to dancing to the Ramones’ “I Want To Be Sedated” at United Synagogue Youth events and watching videos of the Clash’s “Rock the Casbah” on MTV. Later in life, as I became more familiar with punk I was struck not only by the creativity of the confrontational music of bands like the Velvet Underground and Patti Smith, but also the do-it-yourself innovation of bands like the Ramones and hardcore punk bands like Minor Threat. My discovery of punk coincided with a societal fascination with creativity; people were touting creativity and innovation as the key factor in everything from a thriving economy to good health and well-being. It was for this reason that I hoped to learn the secrets of punk rock innovation by interviewing a true “punk” original, Legs McNeil.
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk was the first published work of its kind, and, despite a shelf life of close to twenty years, remains the ultimate guide to punk rock. The book’s co-authors, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, are responsible for pushing the genre to the forefront of the industry and inspired several authors of the 21st century to jump in the oral history bandwagon.
Johnny Rotten’s Memoir Seethes With Anger—And Charm
by Legs McNeil The former Sex Pistol’s memoir ‘Anger Is an Energy’ proves that he still knows how to howl and rant, but who knew he was such a beguiling storyteller?(Original at Daily Beast)
We all know, or think we know, what Johnny Rotten hates.
He’s the anti-Christ, right?
He hates everything!
Which to me, after the initial explosion of the Sex Pistols, always made Rotten kind of boring.
“Yeah, yeah, everything sucks; the world is full of liars and cheats, you grew up in some shitty London flat, everyone was on the dole, no one understands you—and enough already! Jeez-Louise, we all know anger is a great inspiration for creativity, but isn’t there anything worthwhile out there?
“As a co-founder of an independent zine of the same name, Legs documented the likes of The Ramones, Patti Smith, and Dead Boys in their heydays. We caught up with Legs to discuss being at the forefront of the avant-garde nearly four decades ago, and the legacy of the culture he helped to define.”