Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

A Time Out and Daily News Top Ten Book of the Year upon its initial release, Please Kill Me is the first oral history of the most nihilist of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Danny Fields, Dee Dee and Joey Ramone, Malcom McLaren, Jim Carroll, 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 Warhols New York reign to its last gasps as eighties corporate rock, the phenomenon known as punk is scrutinized, eulogized, and idealized by the people who were there and who made it happen...


Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Reviews

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Laura

If you love gossipy oral histories, this is the book for you. It's probably better if you're familiar with the music, but that's not a prerequisite. And it's often hysterically funny, depending on who's being interviewed -- Richard Lloyd and Richard Hell both made me laugh out loud a number of times.

One of the best parts: several people are talking about how Jim Morrison was an 18-carat prick, and Ray Manzarek comes along saying, "Jim was a shaman." I'll let Danny Fields have the last word on Mr
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Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Mike DaRonco

Man, Lou Reed is such a dick.

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Kevin

As any decent music fan will testify, punk was not an English invention. It started in the suburbs or Detroit and New York in the 60's. Bands like The Velvet Underground, The Stooges and The MC5 fired up a generation that included The New York Dolls and The Ramones. The fact that the movement was named Punk long before the Sex Pistols and the Clash came on the scene should give punk fans a decent history lesson.

Nevertheless, this is an oral history so the history is told through quotes from such
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Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Cynthia

Punk rockers would make terrible dinner party guests. They will break your good china and roll around in the shards. They will defacate on the dessert. They will shoot up in your bathroom. They will hit on your grandmother. They also should make for interesting reading and, for the most part, the book delivered. I learned:

*Nico drank good wine.

*Phil Spector drank bad wine.

*Nancy Spungen was advised to go to England to clean up and kick her serious drug habit. That's where she met Sid Vicious.

*Ev
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Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Matt

The explicit redundancy of the punk scene is offensive. While some of the stories are interesting and the first hand account of it all is better than most, it's just boring. Listening to how f'd up people get has become tiresome. It isn't awesome anymore.

That said, some of the stories are pretty ok. If you're a disillusioned person looking for something to hang on to look no further. Your rebellious ways are all documented and ... shockingly enough ... they happened more than 30 years ago. It's
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Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Ted Prokash

It was like candy. And the first chapters on the Velvet Underground, et al were like the first sweet taste of the candy and as the book went on you sort of got a little sick of the candy, but you were sure as fuck going to keep eating it! Or maybe junk would be a more appropriate metaphor.

Anyway I hope you don't have any illusions that Lou Reed or Johnny Thunders were 'cool guys'. Spoiler alert: most of your favorite rock stars were self absorbed assholes The greater their genius, the greater th
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Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Rachel

It is an inside look into the New York punk scene during the late seventies. It's foul so don't read it!

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Larissa

This book is chocked full of fantastic anecdotes--the types of stories that make you proud to have such crazed, self-destructive icons, and also really comforted that you'll probably never be that bad. Some favorites include: the Warhol Superstars insisting that Jim Morrison copped the leather pant look from them and that David Bowie was nothing but a wierd English hippie in a dress before they made him over; Iggy Pop inciting a riot with a bunch of bikers in Detroit while wearing a tutu and a G ...more