Our Contributors

Gillian McCain

Gillian McCain

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

Legs McNeil

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.

Amy Haben

Amy Haben

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

Deke Dickerson

Deke Dickerson

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.

Todd McGovern

Todd McGovern

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.

Danny Fields

Danny Fields

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.

James Marshall

James Marshall

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. Listen to him online at Little Water Radio Thursdays 6-8

Erika Blair

Erika Blair

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

John Adamian

John Adamian

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.

Alan Bisbort

Alan Bisbort

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.

Margo Tiffen

Margo Tiffen

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.

Tom Hearn

Tom Hearn

Tom Hearn is a photographer and is PKM's Production Manager.

Lisa Janssen

Lisa Janssen

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.

Robyn Hale

Robyn Hale

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

Sylvie Simmons

Sylvie Simmons

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

Amanda Sheppard

Amanda Sheppard

Amanda Sheppard is a musician and music blogger based in Portland, OR. In addition to Please Kill Me, she is also a contributing blogger at 50thirdand3rd.com.

Crispin Kott

Crispin Kott

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 daughters Madeline and 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) and The Little Book of Rock and Roll Wisdom (Lyons Press, September 2018).

Jamie McGann

Jamie McGann

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.

Larry Baumhor

Larry Baumhor

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

Laurie Lindeen

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.

Mary Werblin

Mary Werblin is an attorney and columnist in Waterbury, Connecticut. She writes frequently on the intersection of law and culture.

Mary Karmelek

Mary Karmelek

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.

Robert Gourley

Robert Gourley

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.

Sharon M. Hannon

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).

Valerie Simadis

Valerie Simadis

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.