BY LEGS McNEIL - This is Part Two of an interview Legs did with record industry veteran Steve Harris for Please Kill Me. Read how the MC5 fucked up their promising career, how Iggy was always misunderstood, and how Danny Fields lost his job… and more...
Ron and Scott Asheton were the nucleus of the Stooges, the greatest fucking punk band in the world. Having attended Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan, with Iggy Pop (né James Osterberg), the Asheton brothers were hoodlum types who attracted other punks with their erratic, wild behavior. As Iggy said of the Ashetons, “These guys were the laziest delinquent sorts of pig slobs ever born. Really spoiled rotten and babied by their mother. [Their] dad had died, so they didn’t have much discipline at home.”
LEGS MCNEIL: LET'S GO TO THE ACTION
Interview by Chris Ziegler
There's no single definitive history of punk, just like there's no single definitive punk record. (Although trying to find one is lots of fun!) But Leg's McNeil's book Please Kill Me has probably pulled in at lease as many people toward the Ramones and Iggy Pop as the music itself. Published with co-author Gillian McCain in 1997 Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk has become McNeil's best-known work, a touchstone of music history that's even taught in certain universities, where good students get to learn in detail just how depraved rock 'n' roll could be.
Punk Professor Confesses: Iggy’s Touch May Have Saved My Life! Danny Fields interviews Maria Damon - I had the pleasure of meeting Maria Damon on February 9, 2011 at Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye's 40th anniversary performance at the Poetry Project at St. Marks Church. She’s a poetry scholar—so it turns out we had a few friends in common—but imagine my bigger surprise when she told me she was a huge Please Kill Me fan and that our book was a major factor in inspiring her to teach a course on Punk Literature at the University of Minnesota. - Gillian
Interview by Danny Fields -
Fifteen years after Please Kill Me was first published, we continue to meet people who say that our book changed their lives. Always curious about the why when and where, we wanted details. And who better to ask the hard questions than the guy we dedicated our book to, the Danny Fields, “the coolest guy in the room”? When Danny was in Berlin for an exhibit of his photos at the Ramones Museum he encountered a bright young man named Joscha Blankenburg, 20, (seen Mohawked in top photo at the age of 15), himself ein Berliner who was born a few years after the re-unification of Germany, which certainly qualifies him as innocent of the events re-counted in our book.