Twenty years ago Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain recorded interviews with people involved with the punk scene for “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored History of Punk.” Now these rare and candid interviews with such luminaries as Iggy Pop, Jim Carroll, Debbie Harry and the Ramones have been meticulously restored for Public Radio. Compiled into two one-hour documentaries, Please Kill Me: Voices From the Archives consists of original interviews, narration from the writers—as well as Michael des Barres—and the incredible music that gave the punk movement its powerful soundtrack.

Update: You Can Now Listen to the Both Full Episodes of Voices from the Archive right here!

Part One – The Pioneers of Punk

How the Warhol 60’s morphed into the Punk 70’s, and how the marginalized inhabitants of a near-bankrupt New York City changed 20th century culture, and influenced the World.

Part Two – The Punk Invasion

The music of the Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, The New York Dolls, and others were meeting fierce resistance in the US. With no other options open to them, during the July 4th weekend of 1976, as America was celebrating its bicentennial, the Ramones went to London and launched punk rock. After their performances punk rock would explode in Britain and become a cultural force to be reckoned with.

Please Kill Me: Voices From the Archives is hosted by Michael des Barres, and includes commentary from McNeil, McCain and Des Barres. The show was written by Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain and Michael Des Barres.

The independently produced documentary can be heard now and throughout the summer on many public radio stations across the country at various dates and times, including:
KWRK-LP FM 90.9        Fairbanks
WALW-FM LP        Moulton, AL

Open Sky Radio        Cedarville, CA  
  KLAP    89.5 FM        Gerlach, NV
KVYA    91.5 FM        Cedarville, CA
KDUP 88.1FM        Cedarville, CA
KVIJ 89.1FM        Reno, NV

KROV-FM, 91.1        Oroville, CA
KRBS LP 95.9        Berry Creek
KRBS     FM 107.1    Oroville, CA
KOPA 91.3 REZ Radio    Pala, CA

KWMR FM 90.5        Pt. Reyes Station
KWMR FM 89.9        Bolinas
KWMR FM 92.3        The Valley

KUCR FM 88.3        Riverside, CA
KALW FM 91.7        San Francisco, CA
KAZU FM 90.3        Seaside, CA

KDUR FM 91.9        Durango, CO
KAFM FM 88.1        Grand Junction, CO
KDBN FM 101.1         Parachute, CO
WCNI FM 91.1        New London, CT
WECS FM 90.1        Willimantic, CT
WMNF FM 88.5        Tampa, FL

KRFP LP 92.5         Moscow, ID
Radio Free Moscow

KISU FM 91.1        Pocatello, ID
WXAV-FM 88.3        Chicago, IL

WGLT FM 89.1        Normal, IL

WRRG FM 88.9        River Grove, IL

WQNA FM 88.3        Springfield, IL
WFYI FM 90.1        Indianapolis, IL

WLPR 89.1 FM        Merrillville, IN
KHOI FM 89.1        Ames, IA
WFPK FM 91.9        Louisville, KY

Red River Radio Network
KDAQ     FM 89.9        Shreveport, LA
KDAQ    FM 89.9        Shreveport, LA
KLSA    FM 90.7        Alexandria, LA
KLDN    FM 88.9        Lufkin, TX
KBSA    FM 90.9        El Dorado, TX
K214CE  FM 90.7        Grambling, LA

WMUA     FM 91.1     Amherst, MA
WOMR     FM 92.1     Provincetown, MA
WFMR    FM 91.3        Orleans, MA
WCUW     FM 91.3        Worcester, MA
WMPG     FM 90.9        Portland, ME
WPRR     1680 AM        Grand Rapids, MI
KUMD     FM 103.3    Duluth, MN

KSRQ FM 90.1        Thief River Falls, MN

KTWH LP 99.5        Two Harbors, MN
KGLT FM 91.9        Bozeman, MT
98.1            Helena, MT
89.5            Livingston/ Park Cnty
97.1            Bozeman, MT
107.1        Gardiner-Mammoth, MT

WCQS FM 88.1        Asheville, NC

WVQS    FM 90.5        Mars Hill, NC
WFQS    FM 91.3        Franklin, NC
FM 89.7        Clyde, NC
FM 89.7        Cullowhee, NC
FM 91.5        Sylva, NC
FM 91.5        Brevard, NC
FM 95.3        Hazelwood, NC
FM 107.5    Black Mountain, NC
FM 97.9        Tryon, NC
FM 101.7    Highlands, NC
FM 94.7        Bryson City, NC

WFAE     FM 90.7        Charlotte, NC
WFHE    FM 90.3        Hickory, NC
WFAE    FM 90.7        Charlotte, NC
FM 106.1    Laurinberg, NC
FM 93.7        Southern Pines, Aberdeen, Pinehurst

Prairie Public Radio
KDSU FM 91.9        Fargo, ND
KFJM    FM 90.7        Grand Forks, ND
KDSU    FM 91.9        Fargo, ND
KPPR    FM 89.5        Williston, ND

WLFR  FM 91.7        Galloway, NJ

WBJB FM 90.5        Lincroft, NJ

WFDU FM 89.1        Teaneck, NJ

KURU 89.1        Silver City, NM
Gila Mimbres Community Radio

WGXC-FM 90.7         Arca, NY
WBAI FM 99.5        Brooklyn, NY
WBGU FM 88.1        Bowling Green, OH
KPOV-The Point 106.7    Bend, OR
KXRY xray.FM 91.1    Portland, OR
WXRY FM 99.9        Columbia, SC

KRTU FM 91.7        San Antonio, TX
KSYM FM 90.1        San Antonio, TX

KTSW FM 89.9        San Marcos, TX

WHRV 89.5/WHRO FM 89.7     Norfolk, VA

WHRV    FM 89.5        Norfolk, VA
WHRG    FM 88.5     Glouster Point/Williamsburg, VA
WHRX    FM 90.1        Accomack County, VA
WHRE FM 91.9        Northampton County, VA
WHRL FM 88.1        Lawrenceville, VA
WHRV FM 89.5        Hampton Roads, VA
FM 101.7    Virginia Beach, VA

WOOL LP – 100.1 FM    Bellows Falls, VT

KVGD     FM 100.1     Goldendale, WA
Goldendale Community Radio

KOWA lp 106.5        Olympia, WA
WOJB FM 88.9        Hayward, WI

WMSE FM 91.7        Milwaukee, WI
CHSR-FM 97.9        Fredericton, NB

CKUT 90.3        Montreal, QU

Check with your local station for dates and times.


Please Kill Me: Voices from the Archives