Hosted by Michael Des Barres
Dinner to follow by invitation
by Legs McNeil
For Spin Magazine
My ex-finance told me, when she was breaking up with me, “I don’t care about your opinions; I don’t care what you think….”
That almost killed me. If she wanted to finish me off, she knew exactly how to slice it. There is nothing more stinging then to tell a writer his or her opinions no longer matter. I’d become obsolete, at least in her eyes, and in mine too– but then everyone on the punk scene kept dying and websites from The Daily Beast to Spin kept calling my for my reactions, memories—and my opinions.
Ironic, isn’t it? To be among one of the last voices who remembers how much fun it all was—and then to try and translate all those gorgeous moments into mere words?
SUNDAY JUNE 22, 2014 at 7:00pm
IN CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA
AT “FESTIVALL 2014″
Author Reading and book signing
with Johnny Puke
(the guy who was with G.G. Allin
the night he died, and all around
at THE BLUEGRASS KITCHEN
1600 Washington St E,
Charleston, West Virginia 25311
Saturday night June 7 at 7:00pm they will do an author reading at Bucket O’ Blood
1. Over The Edge (1979) — Matt Dillon’s first movie about kids in some suburban California town that rebel against the cops is fantastic, though it didn’t really get much attention when it came out.
By Johnny Puke, as told to Legs McNeil
Art by Brian Walsby
I never paid much attention to GG Allin when he was alive because I thought he was a talentless bottom feeder who’d do anything to get attention. Consequently, I never bothered with his music, and stayed away from reading about him. I mean, compared to my pals in the Ramones, what could Allin possibly have to offer? GG seemed like a spectacular mess who was just taking up space until he killed himself. I didn’t really need any more garbage heaps in my life. But after he died, my best friend Tom Hearn told me he’d hung out with GG a few times in New Haven, Connecticut, and that he was a nice guy.
“Really?” I asked Tom, intrigued that I let my preconceived notions keep me from checking Allin out. I love it when my prejudiced ideas get shattered and I have to take another look.
“Yeah,” Tom told me, “He was like this incredible asshole on stage, just fighting and screaming and shitting on everyone, but off stage he was really nice. He was kind of like a more violent, fucked-up version of Joey Ramone. Ya know how Joey was so incredibly focused on stage? And then when we were hanging out with him, he was funny as shit? GG was kind of like that …”
Hmm, I thought, Maybe I was wrong about the guy…
When I was doing a reading tour of the south last winter, I became friendly with Johnny Puke, from Charleston, South Carolina, where he books and manages the Tin Roof, a fun, dumpy punk club. Johnny told me that he was with GG the night he died and I thought it would be an interesting story to get on tape. So I asked Johnny if I could interview him some time, Johnny said, ”Yes,” and last October, just as it was getting really cold outside, I headed back to Charleston to interview Johnny Puke. This is his report.
By DAN ELLIOTT December 29, 2013 3:52 PM
This photo provided by the Pueblo County, Colo., Sheriff’s Department shows Legs McNeil look-a-like, Harry Carl Mapps. Authorities say the man suspected of killing three people and setting fire to a home in southern Colorado was captured in Oklahoma after a nationwide manhunt on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.
This photo provided by the Pueblo County, Colo., Sheriff’s Department shows Harry Carl Mapps. Authorities say the man suspected of killing three people and setting fire to a home in southern Colorado was captured in Oklahoma after a nationwide manhunt on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Pueblo County, Colo., Sheriff’s Department)
DENVER (AP) — A man suspected of killing three people and setting fire to a home in southern Colorado has been captured in Oklahoma after a nationwide manhunt, authorities said Sunday.
Harry Carl Mapps, 59, was arrested at a motel in Roland, Okla., on Saturday night, said Kirk Taylor, sheriff of Pueblo County, Colo. Mapps had spent more than a month on the run.
A booking photo showed him with a swollen lip and large red patch on his right cheek, but authorities said there had been no struggle. No other details of his arrest were released.
Taylor said Mapps was found using information developed by the U.S. Marshals Service in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. Mapps had lived in Texas.
The Marshals Service had issued a fugitive warrant for Mapps and said authorities were searching for him nationwide.