Please Kill Me: Voices From the Archives: Two-Hour Public Radio Documentary
Twenty years ago Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain recorded interviews with people involved with the punk scene for Please Kill Me: The Uncensored History of Punk. Now these rare and candid interviews with such luminaries as Iggy Pop, Jim Carroll, Debbie Harry and the Ramones have been meticulously restored for Public Radio.
Please Kill Me: Voices From the Archives is presented by the original interviewers, NY Times best-selling authors and music historians Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil, and hosted by Michael des Barres. Compiled into two one-hour documentaries, Please Kill Me: Voices From the Archives consists of original interviews, narration from the writers—as well as Michael des Barres—and the incredible music that gave the punk movement its powerful soundtrack.
The show was produced by Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil. Written by Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain and Michael Des Barres. It was executive produced by Jonathan Marder, alongside associate producers Robyn Hale and Jon Ehrens. Mixed and edited by Jon Ehrens.
The Pioneers of Punk – Please Kill Me: Voices from the Archives had the distinction of being one of the top 5 most licensed audio programs of 2016. This audio documentary is now available (below) for our readers to listen to as a 2-part podcast – enjoy!
Part One -The Pioneers of Punk
How the Warhol 60’s morphed into the Punk 70’s, and how the marginalized inhabitants of a near-bankrupt New York City changed 20th century culture, and influenced the World.
Part Two – The Punk Invasion
The music of the Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, The New York Dolls, and others were meeting fierce resistance in the US. With no other options open to them, during the July 4th weekend of 1976, as America was celebrating its bicentennial, the Ramones went to London and launched punk rock. After their performances punk rock would explode in Britain and become a cultural force to be reckoned with.