Interviews

Legs McNeil with Colt 45 - by Tom Hearn

INTERVIEW: Legs McNeil- 20th ANNIVERSARY OF ‘PLEASE KILL ME”

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ‘Please Kill Me’, they’re releasing a special edition of the book, including new chapters, photos, and afterward by Legs and Gillian. The new edition will be released in May, alongside an amazing two hour NPR special hosted by Michael Des Barres, featuring original clips from the interviews that went into making the book.
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GG ALLIN’S LAST DAY ON EARTH!

a_new_NEWI 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.gg_part_one
Stewart Lupton

AN INTERVIEW WITH STEWART LUPTON OF JONATHAN FIRE*EATER!

by Amy Haben - Sometimes I can't listen to Jonathan Fire*Eater, because the sound is so gorgeous that I feel like my heart is going to explode. I can honestly say that this band is magical. Jonathan Fire*Eater was a huge success in New York City in the 90's as well as having a buzz around the globe. Everyone thought they would be hugely famous, (which they should've been)–especially if you were to judge by each member's talent.