New York: Grove Press, 1996. First Edition. Octavo. (23.5 cm.) 424 pp. xxiv ills. Full black cloth. Electric red titles on spine. Pictorial dust jacket. Some mild creasing to edges and very mild soiling. Near Fine. Item #83
After more than twenty years in print and translated into dozens of languages, it is safe to say that "Please Kill Me" has become essential to understanding the history of the Punk Movement. Writer and journalist, Legs McNeil and poet, Gillian McCain, compiled hundreds of excerpts from interviews with the musicians and artists of Punk's early and incendiary first years. Both profane and hysterical, "Please Kill Me" lets those punks speak and scream for themselves. Tall tales and low moments, drugs, sex and booze -- whether it's all dark sunglasses and arch words with members of the Velvet Underground, or girlfriend problems among the Ramones or the unsung wit and humor of Blondie's Debbie Harry -- its every punk for him or herself in this cult classic that celebrates the genius of the artistic life lived loudly. Signed by both McNeil and McCain.