Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Please Kill Me

The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

by Legs McNeil Author Gillian McCain

“Lurid, insolent, disorderly, funny, sometimes gross, sometimes mean and occasionally touching.” —The New York Times

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 496
  • Publication Date August 09, 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-2536-1
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $20.00

About The Book

A Time Out and Daily News Top Ten Book of the Year upon its release, Please Kill Me brings the sound of the punk generation to life. Iggy Pop, Danny Fields, Dee Dee and Joey Ramone, Nico, Patti Smith, and scores of other famous and infamous punk figures lend their voices to this definitive account of that outrageous, explosive era. From its origins in the twilight years of Andy Warhol’s New York reign to its last gasps as eighties corporate rock, the phenomenon that was known as punk is scrutinized, eulogized, and idealized by the people who were there and who made it happen.

Praise for Please Kill Me:

“Does for the Ramones what the disciples did for Jesus.”—LA Weekly

“Dishes the crud on everyone . . . candid, inside, and detailed.”—The New Yorker

“This book tells it like it was. It is the very first book to do so.”—William S. Burroughs

“Lurid, insolent, disorderly, funny, sometimes gross, sometimes mean and occasionally touching.”—The New York Times

“The riotously funny story of New York punk told by those who were there.”—Daily News

“Ranks up there with the great rock & roll books of all time.”—Time Out New York

“A gripping and unfiltered glimpse into the birth and evolution of one of the most nihilistic movements in popular culture . . . With firsthand accounts and insights, this oral history delves into the music, fashion, and attitude that defined punk, offering a raw and authentic perspective on the individuals who shaped this subversive and influential cultural phenomenon.”—Kennie M., The Review Geek


Selected as one of Time Out‘s 1,000 Books to Change Your Life

WTF Podcast - Marc Maron Interviews Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain