Friday, September 14, 2007

Legs McNeil

Legs McNeil was one of the founders of the legendary "Punk Magazine" in the late '70s and is author of the excellent book "Please Kill Me." He claims to be the first person to use the word punk to describe the music we listen to. "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" was published in 1997 and co-authored with Gillian McCain. In researching the book Legs and Gillian did countless hours of interviews with most of the major players of the early punk scene left alive and put together a history of early punk through mostly quotes from these interviews. It's a fantastic read that any music fan should pick up and pour through if they haven't already. This photo is from a reading Legs and Gillian did at Fallout Records. He was very funny in person and talked also about the book he was writing about the porn industry, which has now been published. When he was in town we lined up an interview with him for my old magazine Tablet. Jenny Hayes from Fallout and I think Meghan from Empty took him to the Experience Music Project thinking he might like the rock'n'roll museum. He freaked out and begged to leave, saying rock and roll just doesn't belong in a museum. I couldn't agree more!

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