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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally, a book that shows the ulitmate brilliance of punk.
I was a bit skeptical about reading this book, that it would be some no-brainer attempt at defining punk rock. I mean, how do you define punk rock? You can't...but "Please Kill Me" does a great job of showing the birth of punk and its growth. There's not as much vomit and nose-picking as you might think (leave that to the Sex Pistols), this book clearly...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen More where that came from!
Good stuff! People who want a further exploration of the "Fun With Dick And Jayne" chapter should check out Jayne County's "Man Enough To Be A Woman" available from Amazon ,the real masterpiece on the down town NY scene
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally, a book that shows the ulitmate brilliance of punk., 21. November 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I was a bit skeptical about reading this book, that it would be some no-brainer attempt at defining punk rock. I mean, how do you define punk rock? You can't...but "Please Kill Me" does a great job of showing the birth of punk and its growth. There's not as much vomit and nose-picking as you might think (leave that to the Sex Pistols), this book clearly displays the ultimate brilliance of the young musicians, artists, ruffians, etc. of punk. Their self expression is amazing and fearless. So many people today think that punk rock is just a bunch of noise that lazy, anti-social kids produce to annoy elders. Not so. This book gives great examples of how punk-founders such as Lou Reed, Iggy PoP, Stiv Bators, Johnny Thunders, David Bowie (and so many others) crafted music that not only made a statement but sounded (and still sounds)unbelievable. The authors bring us first-hand to Warhol's Factory during the late '60's to Detroit with the MC5 and the Stooges, and back to New York clubs like Max's and the legendary CBGB's (omfug). The book's format is set up like that of a play, with each "character" describing what he or she saw first hand. The stories are unbelievable, wonderful, and gruesome. This book goes out on a limb to bring the real stories to light. Ever wonder if Sid really killed Nancy? You'll hear what really happened from the people who where actually there the night it happened. What was Lou Reed really like? Who was gay and who was straight in the world of punk rock? What were the attitudes like? Were all of the rockers pigs? McNeil and McCain do a great job of answering these questions, among several others. You get so close that you can almost smell the dope in Iggy's pocket. I'd definitely recommend reading this book, you won't be disappointed. The book leaves a lasting impression, and definitely gave me new insight on the whole scene. And for all of the "punks" of today that think this book may have been a chance for Legs to sell out....maybe you should read the book, then you'd know who was selling out. ;-)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny, inspirational and one of the best oral histories, 17. Juli 2000
Whether punk to you is Iggy Pop rolling on broken glass or the ignoble death of Sid Vicious, this is the book that takes you into the wild, whacked and hilarious world of people "having fun killing themselves" as the book jack describes. The inspiring part of the book is in the fact that most of these bands were talentless and awful when they started and someone told them to just do whatever and they just did whatever without a market survey or executive telling them what would sell. The hilarious parts are teh stories of people sometimes basically clueless and singleminded in their need to offend (I recall Robert Asheton's (sic) wearing of an SS uniform at Iggy Pop's wedding when the bride, the groom and most of the people there were Jewish) There are oral sex scenes on stage, messed up rock stars trashing things and Iggy Pop collapsing over and over again. Other artists who aren't "punk" per se also lend their voices and stories including the Warhol factory and Patti Smith as well as Jim Carrol (by the way, the writers really really hate Lou Reed. They tend to love to put Lou Reed is a creep stories into the mix)
Ultimately many of these stories have been told many times in many different ways (see Miles Davis' autobiography for the dangerous lives of jazz musicians) but in punk there was a revelry to the danger that let the audience in on the evil lives and flaunted the wild lifestyle more than anything. Punk is both a music genre and a self-destructive/seductive lifestyle and this book captures that perfectly.
At the end when all the stars are dying because they can't sustain these lives forever you are left with a feeling of nostalgia but nothing in the way of cautionary tales, because people who choose their deaths in such a cavalier manner can only be applauded for going out in such a spectacular manner.
One last thing - the title alone will get you dirty looks in your workplace, church, synagogue or mosque. It's still worth the trouble
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5.0 von 5 Sternen From the Mouths of Babes..., 24. Juni 2000
This is by far one of the best books I've read about punk or music in general. Told by the people who lived it, Please Kill Me is a compilation of years and years of interviews with almost everyone who was even remotely involved in the punk scene from the sixties through the eighties. This book starts off with the MC-5 and the Stooges, goes through the Andy Warhol and David Bowie period, through the New York Dolls, the beginning of the New York punk scene, the explosion of the English punk scene and keeps on going in. Read the TRUE story behind Dee Dee Ramone's infamous "53rd and 3rd", who Sid Vicious' friends think REALLY killed Nancy (AND who they think killed Sid!) and the story behind the break-up of the New York Dolls. Since its all told by the original scene members, this book is filled with great anecdotes that other punk "history" books would never be able to get. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is at all interested in early punk - especially early New York area punk.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The people of punk tell the story -- not the author!, 28. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde
The book tells the story itself. The book is not just a punk diary, it explains the psychology of a time and a place when it was cool to wither and waste away -- that's where it gets its name. The author does nothing but put quotations in an order to tell a story. It goes from the Velvet Underground to Iggy Pop to the Dead Boys to Blondie. Very well done and fun to read, not to mention great pics. This is the best punk history book I've ever seen, and very detailed. If you want to learn about punk -- this is where to get your edumahkashun.:)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Punk meets the Enquirer, 16. Januar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
If you want a good history of early punk, don't get this book. For one, there are countless omissions from the "scene," including Blondie, Talking Heads, the Modern Lovers, Pere Ubu, and countless others. Plus, there's little mention of the actual music.
However, it's a great look at some of the most colorful people of the scene; especially Iggy Pop, Johnny Thunders, Richard Hell, and Dee Dee Ramone. It was very absorbing, and I loved it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Edie style history of punk on the Lower East Side, 20. Juni 2000
This is the best and most entertaining book about punk rock that I have read. Much better than Lipstick Traces or England's Dreaming.
I saw Legs and Gillian give a reading at St. Mark's about a year ago. They are preparing an oral history of the porn industry. It sounds like it is going to be just as funny and informative.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Better Than Most, 21. April 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Please Kill Me was certainly an informative book. But is this what I really wanted to be informed about? Sure, there are miles of interviews with various pre-punk and punk bands, but what are the interviews about? Instead of interviews about the message of the music or the making of the music, we are lead on an overly detailed account of how your favorite punk star copped dope. Yes, we all realize that it was prevalent in punk and it killed Sid Vicious, but I still don't care. Worse yet are the unending accounts of young punk rock love. I may have been interested in what Patti Smith was thinking about when she wrote Horses, but I am sure I didn't care to know every man or woman she dated. Really, please Legs, tell me more about the transsexuals on welfare and their use of cheap cosmetics. Or, perhaps you could enlighten us with some more information on how cash poor the Stooges were. The idea of Please Kill Me had so much potential. It could have been a giant collection of primary source material on punk rock, but instead it became a tabloid-like telling of all the dull spots in the history of punk rock. And, where are the Modern Lovers?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Its one of the good but not great books on punk, 24. Oktober 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Although this book is the definitive history on American Punk, the very reason that it is based on American Punk puts me off it. Come on, even though none of use punk lovers were even born before the first Punk was made, we all know that Brit punk is the best. haha....j/k :) Well actually, the reason i didn'tgive this book a 5 star rating was because of the rockstar ways of the early participants of the NY Punk scene. But that, I admit, can not be blamed on the writer, his only fault is writing on the all together boring early American Punk days. British Punk was one of the best forms, but im yet waiting forsomone towrite a definitive history on the recent worldwidepuk scene. oh well, im sleep and am going to bed, im guesing all this will come back as a nightmare for me tonight :)......ta ta all
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5.0 von 5 Sternen ILLUMINATING AND EMOTIONAL, 14. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
The Ramones were cartoon characters. Iggy was just a junkie madman. Sid and Nancy were just junkie idiots. Same with Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan. At least, that's the popular perception of punk's major stars until you read this oral history of the movement. Read this, and suddenly these folks are no longer mere one-dimensional caricatures, but suddenly they're the passionate, misguided, and doomed twenty-somethings of their generation (and, hey, weren't we all?). Whether or not you listen to or even care for punk, this is a great read. I mean, even if you don't listen to music at all. Even if you're deaf. And if you're blind, have someone read it to you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic, 11. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This book is the ultiamte reason you should never do drugs. This was one of the best books I have ever read on the "Punk" movement. There should be more books like this one. It was interesting to see diferent versions of the same story through the mouths of the actual artists, managers, groupies etc. This is a fast read, one that you can't put down. It makes you feel that you actually know these people and that you were there for the start of what has become "Alternative music" Funny and sad at times, this book has it all, except the only drawback is there is not enough rare pictures. If only a photo version can come out.
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