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.
Legs and Gillian are fresh off the release of their latest collaborative work Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose, which has been dubbed “a rare, no-holds-barred documentation of an American teenager’s life” by Publishers Weekly.
They stopped by Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn last Sunday to host a reading of excerpts from both books, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Brooklyn Radio sat down with the authors and Scott Gorenstein, Jonathan Marder VP, to discuss the process behind putting together an oral history, new projects, and even learned about one of Gillian’s dirty little secrets.