Author, Music Journalist, Co-Founder of Punk Magazine, and overall legend Legs McNeil is celebrating quite the anniversary this year. Having co-writen the number one Punk best seller of all time, ‘Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History Of Punk’, along with Gillian McCain, the iconic re-telling of the birth of Punk music turns 20 years old this year. ‘Please Kill Me’ takes you through the entire history, told through recollections of everyone who was there. From Iggy Pop to Joey Ramone, you hear first hand how it all went down. It’s really a masterpiece, and the be-all-end-all on the subject. Like you’re chatting over coffee with each and every witness to the times, you’re truly transported. 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. I’m so excited for the new release, and can’t wait to dig in. I had a chance to chat with Legs and hear a bit about what went into writing the book, some of his most memorable live music experiences, what he’s listening to now, and what some of his favorite stories in the book are. Check out the interview below:
SLOANE: “When you and Gillian first decided to write the book, did you guys expect it to be the huge success that it was?”
LEGS: “No… She was more optimistic than I was, but I figured since none of these people had ever sold a record, why would anyone want to read about them, you know?