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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Brendan Toller

Brendan Toller

Brendan Toller is an independent filmmaker based in New York City and New England. Toller's work has caused riots at the National Film Board of Canada, has been covered by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Dazed & Confused Korea, and has been supported by everyone from New York State Council on the Arts to Judy Collins. At 28, "Danny Says" is Toller's second feature documentary with "I Need That Record!" an elegy for a vanishing indie record store culture being his first (at age 21).

Burt Kearns

Burt Kearns

Burt Kearns wrote the book TABLOID BABY and produces nonfiction television and documentary films.

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.

Pamela Des Barres

Pamela Des Barres

Legendary groupie, author, journalist Pamela Des Barres has written four books, I’m With the Band, Take Another Little Piece of My Heart, (autobiographies) Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon, and most recently, Let’s Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies.

Rick Casados

Rick Casados

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.

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 freelance writer and musician in Portland, OR. Amanda is currently making rock and roll mischief as Moneynine.

Athena Alvarez

Athena Alvarez

Athena Alvarez is a freelance writer, artist, and all around creative soul. Growing up angry and smart, she discovered both Camus’s THE STRANGER and Iggy and the Stooges’s RAW POWER at 14 and never looked back. She is a history buff, a film fanatic and currently resides in Houston, Texas.

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).

Eric Davidson

Eric Davidson

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

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

Fran Fried

Fran Fried has been a writer, an editor, a DJ, a man, a woman, a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king and a queen. And an infamous Jeopardy! contestant. But that's life. She lives in Connecticut.

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.

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.

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.

Marina Lutz

Marina Lutz

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/

Mary Werblin

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

Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman

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.

Michael Shelley

Michael Shelley

Michael Shelley has been cracking wise, spinning genre defying records and interviewing music makers on WFMU since 1992. Check wfmu.org/michael for his radio show’s archives containing hundreds of interviews. Like everyone in America, he also plays in a band and writes songs.

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.

Nora Novak

Nora Novak

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

Paul Collins

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!"

Rian Murphy

Rian Murphy

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

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.

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

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).

Steve Mullins

Steve Mullins

Steve Mullins is a freelance writer and a marketing manager for a Detroit casino. He will earn his IMC master’s degree from West Virginia University in 2019. Steve will also defend the idea that the Beach Boys are America’s greatest band.

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.

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.