Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
ISBN: 0802125360
EAN13: 9780802125361
Language: English
Pages: 448
Dimensions: 1.4" H x 8.2" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.2 lbs.
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Ranks up there with the great rock & roll books of all time.--Time Out New York

Lurid, insolent, disorderly, funny, sometimes gross, sometimes mean and occasionally touching . . . Resounds with authenticity.--The New York Times

No volume serves juicier dish on punk's New York birth . . . Tales of sex, drugs and music that will make you wish you'd been there.--Rolling Stone

A contemporary classic, Please Kill Me is the definitive oral history of the most nihilistic of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, the Ramones, and scores of other punk figures lend their voices to this decisive account of that explosive era. This 20th anniversary edition features new photos and an afterword by the authors.

Utterly and shamelessly sensational.--Newsday

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   This may be one of the most complete and perfect histories ever compiled
The book may be considered one of the great American histories, if not the greatest. Legs has contributed to that sense of belonging by allowing us to connect those of us who wish we had been there to the artists who make us feel like we were. If you know that punk was never just about a new way to make some noise, then this will help you get deeper into the heart and soul of it, with stories of wild nights in the company of poets, street hustlers, guitar slingers, and observers of life.
   It ends, like everything, too soon.
This is Punk as it happened by the people who were there, in New York, Detroit and London. Mostly Lou Reed and Iggy Pop and the Ramones and the Dead Boys and Blondie, and the club kids and the hangers-on, the club owners and the drug dealers.
Great story, said Blair. A very good read, well written. I've had many, many, many, wonderful experiences with this author. He's an excellent writer and journalist, said Robert Hemenway, George Washington University's provost.
There could not be a better book encapsulating the punk movement and all its players, From Iggy Pop to Joan Jetto. Amazing interviews with a chronological throw-line. Anyone who was there or for anyone who wasn't there and wished they had been there.
   Hard to put down
I've owned like three copies and they get lent out or lost during moves so I bought it again. This is such a good book and you can read it a few times, it never feels repetitive. It just flows so easily and feels like you're one of the crew. These stories and events are well before my time and before I read this book, I didn't even like punk, but this book changed me many years ago. If you are on the fence, don't hesitate to buy, HairMax said. This would make a great present for any music lover, not just Legs.
   Bound incorrectly
When you get your copy, make sure it is in the correct condition. Note the subheading of this terrible parable in the "Persuasion" series, "Going from pg 340 to 370." The book is also available on Amazon. com. From the beginning of punk rock, mostly by the scenesters themselves. Verges on junk food because a lot of it is gossip, but I'm enjoying the ride anyway, he said. This will strip away some respect for the grandfathers of the movement because it was bound to self-destruct due to the personalities involved, he said.
   This is Rock and roll radio....
It's great to read from the hazy eyes of those who lived it. From Iggy to Ziggy, Nancy and everyone in between.
   Fascinating! On the edge of my seat.
Thanks for the introduction. It's great to see people's perspectives of the world come to life through different lenses. These are completely wacko stories. You couldn't possibly imagine how people lived. And on the other hand, you realize that so many people were still just trying to be cool, create a look, get women and drugs. I'm a little disillusioned with the punk era, but still kind of love it, he said. It's just that Microsoft calls it a "service."
   Fast shipping
The book is really interesting, the cover is of a good material, and the shipping was really quick, said Gillian Kent, director at Random House.
   Love the concept of unedited first person interviews to tell ...
I love the concept of unedited first person interviews. Funny, irreverent, and educational. The Beatles' music "was the introduction to punk rock."