1-29-10 “Please Kill Me” (book)
I have been reading the book “Please Kill Me” by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain. It is billed “The Uncensored Oral History of Punk” – which is from a
The book starts with a bunch of stuff about The Velvet Underground. I am not a fan. I tried those records in the early 70’s, and couldn’t get the message. I also eventually tried some Lou Reed records, because of the apparent connection to David Bowie, and I couldn’t get that through my head either. I don’t mind David Bowie from the early 70’s, but…no go on Lou or the V.U.
Next comes Iggy Pop. I am not an Iggy & The Stooges fan. I once lived in an apartment in
Also not much of an MC5 fan. Heard ‘em when I was a kid – but the pull of Krautrock was much stronger. It didn’t even matter to me about the “m. f.” stuff – that kind of language was all over records by The Fugs – years earlier!
Television and The Ramones – two groups that have never much troubled me. I own the debut album by each artist, however – the result of prowling inexpensive used CD bins. I heard both artists at the time they were ‘new’, as I was working in a hippie record store, and there were always a few punks around – Hi, Mott!
And not much more patience for Blondie or the Talking Heads. At least T.H. used Toshio Nakanishi artwork! I have “Best Of” CD’s for both these artists, which will likely suffice. I remember seeing the members of Blondie walking around The Whisky in
I don’t do and have never done Patti Smith. It wasn’t enough that John Cale produced her debut album. It just didn’t say anything to me. And I would’ve been all of 17 or 18 when I first heard her. “Please Kill Me” paints a fairly ‘accurate’ picture of her – highly motivated, but majorly derivative. Not so interested in Jim Carroll either.
I still enjoy reading about all of this stuff, even if they don’t make my playlists. R.I.P., Jim Carroll and all deceased members of The Ramones, V.U., MC5, Stooges etc. It is a tale to be told.
Would a book about