Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
Book of the week. I like oral histories because a bunch of people giving perspective on the same events often gives a clearer overall picture of what really went on. And when most of those people were artists, nihilists, addicts, geniuses and depraved punk rockers, all the better. Punk rock, whatever you think of the music, is an essential piece of culture history and as society continues to swirl the drain there are plenty of lessons to learn here.
(And thanks to my friend Jess for nabbing me a signed copy of this must-read for anyone who thinks they’re badass.)