Gillian McCain is the author of two books of poetry, Tilt and Religion and co-author of Descent of the Dolls. With Legs McNeil she co-wrote Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk and co-edited Dear Nobody: The True Story of Mary Rose. She is the former Program Coordinator and Board President of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. She lives in New York City.
LEGS MCNEIL is co-author of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, and is the coauthor (with Peter Pavia and Jen Osborne) of The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry. He was the former Resident Punk at Punk magazine, and a senior editor at Spin.
Alan Bisbort is the Editor of PleaseKillMe.com, as well as a freelance writer and a collage artist. He currently teaches a course called Paper Bullets: Propaganda in American History at UConn-Waterbury and is working on a book by that title, to be published in 2018. He’s the author of numerous books, including Beatniks: A Guide to an American Subculture and Rhino’s Psychedelic Trip.
Danny Fields was born and raised in New York City, where he lives. After attending the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard Law School, he returned to New York, where he became: Managing Editor of Datebook Magazine; Editor of Hullaballoo Magazine; Editor of “16” Magazine; Publicity Director of Elektra Records; columnist for the Soho Weekly News and other publications; artists’ manager (Lou Reed [for two weeks], Iggy Pop, the Ramones), freelance writer and photographer. Fields’ archives have been acquired by Yale University; My Ramones, his book of photographs of the band, with his commentary, was published in 2016; Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, now translated into 14 languages, is dedicated to him; and he is the subject of documentary directed by Brendan Toller and currently in worldwide release titled Danny Says.
Jeremy Reed is a prolific, boundary-breaking British poet, novelist, and biographer. In addition to his nearly 70 books of poetry, he has also published books on the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud and John Ashbery, biographies of Anna Kavan, Jean Genet, Scott Walker, Brian Jones and Lou Reed and several novels.
Growing up in the wild So Cal punk scene formed Amy's aesthetic and broadened her horizons. At the age of 23, she hit NYC nightlife, working at music venues, bartending, and writing about all of her adventures along the way. Amy is currently creative director of an East Village rock & roll club, DJ, and contributor for PKM
Margo Tiffen is the VP of Marketing & Development for pleasekillme.com. A native New Yorker, Margo started out as a music journalist, founding 'zines RUDE International and Pin-Up NYC. Margo is the former Head of Product for IDG and has worked in publishing for 20 years - specializing in development, marketing and product management.
Anthony Petkovich is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles who currently writes for Shock Cinema and Filmfax magazines. The author of The X Factory: Inside the Hardcore American Film Industry (Critical Vision, 1997), Petkovich has previously written for Psychotronic Video Magazine and Headpress U.K. (The Journal of Sex, Religion, Death), as well as worked on Spectator, Hustler (as managing editor for both publications) and Adam Film World Guide (as editor-in-chief).
Bebe Buell is a musician, mother, muse, model, celebrated lover, manager, best selling author, and pop culture icon, music has always held her deepest passion.
Bob Gruen is one of the most well known and respected photographers in Rock and Roll. By the mid '70s he was already regarded as one of the foremost documenters of the scene working with major attractions such as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Kiss etc., and also covering the emerging New Wave and Punk bands including The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones & Blondie.
Burt Kearns wrote the book TABLOID BABY and produces nonfiction television and documentary films. His new book, THE SHOW WON'T GO ON, was written with Jeff Abraham and was published by Chicago Review Press' A Cappella Books and is now available in bookstores and can be ordered at ShowWontGoOn.com and DiedOnstage.com
Christine Ohlman (a/k/a "The Beehive Queen" for her mile-high platinum-blonde hairdo) is the current, long-time vocalist with NBC's Saturday Night Live Band whose sixth critically-acclaimed CD with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, The Deep End, was honored on numerous national end-of-year Top Ten lists. Ohlman is a noted musicologist and record collector who was one of the original contributing editors to the All Music Guide. Check out her website at http://christineohlman.net
Deke Dickerson is America's Roots Music Renaissance Man. He is as prolific a recording artist as he is a writer and collector of old guitars. Check out Deke’s website, for all the wonderful details.
Fiona McQuarrie has been writing about music for more than 30 years. She was formerly the music critic at the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers, along with freelancing for a number of publications. She is a contributing writer for Shindig! magazine, and her first book "Song Book: 21 Songs From 10 Years (1964-74)" is available from New Haven Publishing.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Gary Lippman received a law degree from Northwestern University, and has worked with New York's Innocence Project. Lippman's play Paradox Lust ran off-Broadway in 2001, and his writing has been published in The New York Times, The Paris Review, VICE, Fodors Travel Guides, Open City, 8x8, and other worthy places.
Gregory Daurer is a Denver-based author, photographer, writer, and musician. He releases music under the nom de rock 'n' roll Gregory Ego, and also participates on the recording project Reverend Lead Pipe & His Pipe-Wielding Swingers. Find out more about his interviews, articles, music, and novel A Western Capitol Hill at the web site gregoryego.com.
James “The Hound” Marshall (born Giacimao Antonicello, 1959-2059) has worked as a DJ, vault worker, roofer, bouncer, bartender, bike messenger, pot dealer, parking meter emptier, dishwasher, shucker, bar owner, rock manager, record producer, and journalist. He has written for the New York Times, LA Weekly, Village Voice, East Village Eye, Kicks, Newark Star Ledger, and worse. He is currently working on forming an American wing of the the Red Army Faction.
Larry "Ratso" Sloman is a legendary New York-based author.
Legendary groupie, author, and journalist Pamela Des Barres has written five books, I’m With the Band, Take Another Little Piece of My Heart, (autobiographies) Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon, Let’s Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies, and most recently, Let it Bleed / How to Write a Rockin’ Memoir.
Steve Katz is a guitarist, singer, and record producer who is best known as a member of the rock-pop-jazz group Blood, Sweat & Tears. Katz was an original member of the rock bands The Blues Project and American Flyer. As a producer, his credits include the 1979 album Short Stories Tall Tales for the Irish band Horslips, and the Lou Reed albums Rock 'n' Roll Animal and Sally Can't Dance and the Elliott Murphy album Night Lights.
Whitney Matheson is a freelance journalist who has been covering entertainment for more than 20 years. Best known for creating USA Today's Pop Candy, her work has also appeared in Slate, Playboy, Mental Floss and The Hollywood Reporter. She lives in Brooklyn.
Rick Casados was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a painter and photographer who also has many years' experience as a professional screen printer. Rick has lived in Brooklyn and London and traveled extensively. He lives with his wife and kids in Connecticut.
Amanda Sheppard is a freelance writer and musician in Portland, OR. Amanda is currently making rock and roll mischief as Moneynine.
Bob Pomeroy has written for various music mags, weeklies, and journals. He ended a long prose writing hiatus to pen this piece about Nick Tosches. He currently lives in Austin, TX, writes songs, and plays in the band Convoy Twitty.
Crispin Kott was born in Chicago, raised in New York, and has called everywhere from San Francisco to Los Angeles to Atlanta his home. A music lover and failed drummer, he’s written for numerous publications, and has shared with his son Ian and daughter Marguerite a love of reading, writing and record collecting. He is co-author of The Rock and Roll Explorer Guide to New York City (Globe Pequot, June 2018), The Little Book of Rock and Roll Wisdom (Lyons Press, September 2018), and The Rock and Roll Explorer Guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area (Globe Pequot, June 2020).
A longtime critic for the Washington Post, LA Times, Village Voice and many others, Elizabeth Hand is the author of fifteen novels, including Curious Toys, just published, and the award-winning series of psychological thrillers featuring punk photographer Cass Neary. She divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London.
Eric Davidson is a freelance writer on most days, singer for New Bomb Turks on others, dilettante in between. He’s the author of the ‘90s garage punk history tome, We Never Learn. He lives in Queens.
Erika Blair is a writer and conceptual artist currently living in Brooklyn. She collects rare books, vintage smut, punk albums and 60s pop cultural and political ephemera. The similarity between her name and George Orwell’s (Eric Blair) is not a coincidence. erikablair.us
Fran Fried is a writer/editor who used to write about this music-type stuff for a living. An infamous “Jeopardy!” contestant, occasional Hot Wheels collector and shoe whore, she also hosts an online radio show, “Franorama 2.0,” on www.cygnusradio.com, and hopes to write her own book much sooner than later. She lives in Connecticut, home of the country’s best pizza, and this isn’t open for debate.
Hairstylist, guitar slinger, crooner, Rock legend in New Haven County (and practically nowhere else), Jamie McGann continues to rock & roll and style hair in Downtown New Haven, CT.
John Adamian has written about food, travel, books, film, music, art, news, and technology. His writing has appeared in the Believer, Relix, the Hartford Courant, Modern Farmer, and other publications. He was an editor at the Hartford Advocate from 2003 to 2013.
Larry Baumhor does more than sell rare photographs; he also takes them---with an eye for the eccentric and unusual. He has also written several books of prose and on occasion posts his performance art and poetry readings on You Tube. Larry is the website's unsung hero--- the sleuth behind most of the fascinating posts we share on our FB page.
Laurie Lindeen is an essayist, the author of the memoir Petal Pusher: A Rock and Roll Cinderella Story, professor, mom, and founding member of Zuzu’s Petals. She lives in Minnesota.
Marina Lutz is the writer, producer, director and editor of the award-winning documentary short The Marina Experiment that had its USA television premiere on The Documentary Channel in 2010. Praised by the highly regarded French film magazine Cahiers du Cinema as “…eighteen extraordinary and exciting minutes…rarely has found footage revealed so many intimate issues,” they compared her film to Yoko Ono’s Rape and Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom. http://themarinaexperiment.com/
Michael Friedman’s most recent book is Martian Dawn & Other Novels (Little A, 2015), an omnibus collection of three novels that includes a reissue of his 2006 cult novel, Martian Dawn (Turtle Point). From 1986 to 2008 he edited the influential literary journal Shiny. Several poems from his book Species (The Figures, 2000) were included in the anthologies Great American Prose Poems (Scribner, 2003) and Like Musical Instruments: 83 Contemporary American Poets (Broadstone, 2014). In the aughts Friedman was an adjunct member of the faculty of the MFA writing program at Naropa University in Boulder. He is a former chair of the board of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church.
Mary Karmelek is a freelance culture writer based in Brooklyn. She holds a B.A. in Literature from SUNY Purchase and an M.A. in English from Fordham, and was once the lead singer in a Can cover band. In addition to Please Kill Me, her work has appeared in Inverse, Newsweek, and Scientific American where she's covered architecture, sports, travel, history, and gender issues.
Nile Southern is the author of The Candy Men; The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel Candy, and co-editor of many books, including Chicago 1968; The Whole World is Watching (with Adam Cooper). He manages the Terry Southern Literary Trust, and is making a documentary film, Dad Strangelove.
Nora Novak is an artist, actress, writer and designer. Novak is the author of Art Damaged and Los Feliz Confidential A Memoir. She is currently working on a sequel about the eighties and a new art series, “The Femme Fatale Collection Vol.1.” noranovak.com
Paul Collins is a champion of the underground power pop/new wave Rock n Roll scene. His first two bands, The Nerves, and The Beat went a long way in defining the genre and have long since been considered "Classics" The Beat signed to Columbia Records in late 1979 and was managed by the legendary Bill Graham. A pioneer in the DIY world, Paul has toured relentlessly in the US, Europe, Japan, Australia, and China! Today Paul lives in Manhattan and will be releasing his 13th studio album shortly. His favorite phrase is "Keep on Rocking!"
Paul Maher Jr. is the author of A Vast Glowing Empty Page: The Life and Writings of Jack Kerouac, All Things Shining: An Oral History of the Films of Terrence Malick, Isolated Wanderer: A Maxwell Bodenheim Reader, Miles On Miles: Interviews & Encounters with Miles Davis, Tom Waits On Tom Waits, and Empty Phantoms: Interviews & Encounters with Jack Kerouac. He is currently in production on a film based on the writings of Henry David Thoreau to be executive produced by Terrence Malic
Lisa Janssen is a writer and documentary researcher living in Los Angeles. Her recent film work includes Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present and the acclaimed web series We’ve Been Around. She edited and oversaw the publication of filmmaker Curtis Harrington’s memoir Nice Guys Don’t Work in Hollywood as well as the reissue of Rudy Wurlitzer’s Slow Fade.
Rian Murphy has been thinking about rock music for decades, and sometimes writing about it too. He has published articles in now-defunct magazines such as Moxie, Stop Smiling and Travellin' Fist. He has also been inspired to try his hand at music, playing in now-defunct bands Mantis, Dolomite and Chestnut Station. In between publications and recording sessions, he has written several million words in promotion of the sound-world of Drag City Records.
Richie Unterberger has been writing about little-known and well-known rock and popular music of all kinds for more than 25 years. His dozen-plus books include "Won't Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lifehouse to Quadrophenia,"" published by Jawbone Press in March 2011.
Bob Gourley is a freelance web developer and journalist based in Jersey City, NJ. An early adopter of online media, Bob has been publishing the online music magazine Chaos Control since 1993. His writing has also appeared in publications including Wired and The Boston Globe.
Robyn Hale is a freelance writer and producer, originally from Boston, MA. Robyn founded Fat City Magazine with her brother Jay and has written for RUDE International, The Weekly Dig, and numerous other publications. She appeared on the Travel Channel's "10 Things You Don't Know About Hawaii" and resided in the Aloha State for seven years. Now back on the East Coast, Robyn works for the Please Kill Me team, and recently co-produced the two-hour radio documentary Please Kill Me, Voices from the Archives
Sharon M. Hannon is a Washington, DC-based freelance writer and researcher whose clients include the Library of Congress and the Public Broadcasting System. Early in her career, she wrote concert and record reviews for local newspapers. She is the author of, among other books, PUNKS: A GUIDE TO AN AMERICAN SUBCULTURE (ABC-CLIO).
Sylvie Simmons left London for L.A in 1977 to be a rock writer and, despite the lack of a penis, that's what she's done ever since. The BBC did a documentary on her called The Rock Chick. She's written a bunch of books, one of them cult fiction but most of them biographies, including 2012's New York Times best-seller I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. In her late fifties she came out as a uke-playing singer-songwriter and signed to Light in the Attic Records, releasing her debut album Sylvie. She's currently collaborating on a book with Debbie Harry. More info at http://sylviesimmons.com
Anthony Mostrom is a Los Angeles native and a former columnist for the L.A. Times, where he wrote about historic criminals, musicians and artists. His musical tastes run toward atonalism. Currently he writes book reviews and essays for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Todd McGovern is a writer, radio producer and strategic communications specialist. In addition to his role at PleaseKillMe.com, Todd is a contributing producer for The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC, where he has won three Associated Press Best Interview awards for segments with Harry Belafonte, Mike Tyson and Tony Bennett. Additionally, Todd has extensive experience as a communications professional for organizations including the National Basketball Association and Teach For America. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Valerie Simadis is a writer and artist who resides in New York. She studied English Literature at Queens College, and over the course of two years worked as an archivist for rock and roll photographer Bob Gruen. A lover of bygone eras, she is particularly interested in the culture and personalities of the 1960s.