16 Sep 2016

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

From Access All Areas, 2:00 pm on 16 September 2016
Arturo Vega and Legs McNeil (1978)

Arturo Vega and Legs McNeil (1978) Photo: Tom Hearn

Twenty years ago, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain published Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. The result of interviews and quotes from some of punk music’s main players, the book timelines the chronology of New York’s punk explosion from 1976 through to its expiration in 1979.

Legs McNeil was also the co-founder of Punk Magazine, an influential title during the punk era. Legs speaks with Trevor Reekie about how the small but influential New York punk scene shattered and shaped music history.

Music Details

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Label: Sire Records

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Song: No Fun
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Song: Beat on the Brat
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Song: I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement
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