McNeil & McCain’s Please Kill Me is the definitive account of the Blank Generation. it chronicles the self-destruction and wild energy of Warhol’s Factory, Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s and No Wave scenes and is informed verbatim by way of connected musicians, artists, interlopers and writers. Frequently gossipy, and in lots of locations hilarious and equally tragic, this meticulously researched story of the start of American punk is an important learn. Detroit’s MC5 and The Stooges present the highlights with one of the best warts-and-all accounts of Iggy Pop’s rise and fall, including interviews with the Ashetons, Danny Fields, Wayne Kramer, Alan Vega and John Sinclair.
Denselow is reluctant to credit score any music or musician with bringing about profound or long-lasting change, and certainly the book’s best moments come with his important analysis of these events when the combination of politics and pop has been blindly celebrated. Many interviewed addressed … Read More