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      Legs McNeil

      Legs McNeil

      Roderick Edward "Legs" McNeil is a writer and rock music historian. He is the co-founder and a writer for Punk magazine; he is also a former senior editor at Spin, and the founder and editor of Nerve magazine.

      By Legs McNeil Jul 10, 2014

      Getting Stoned with Patti Smith

      In 1977, Patti had fallen off a stage in Tampa and broken her collarbone. Most nights Patti needed someone to keep her company until Allen came home from his gig, and I was enlisted to help out her out, in exchange for a six-pack of beer.

      By Legs McNeil Jul 10, 2014
      By Legs McNeil Apr 29, 2014

      Dirty Water: The Story of the Standells

      Larry Tamblyn is one of the original members of the Standells, a group that recorded what many consider to be the first punk song, "Dirty Water," which is a 1965 ditty about how Boston is a shit hole. In honor of their upcoming spring tour around the coun…

      By Legs McNeil Apr 29, 2014
      By Legs McNeil Mar 24, 2014

      Scott Asheton, Iggy Pop's Brother in Noise

      Scott Asheton was the greatest thug-rocker who ever lived. He was the ultimate hoodlum, standing outside of Discount Records in Ann Arbor, Michigan, spitting on cars. He passed away just over a week ago, so I dug up this old conversation, one of the few e…

      By Legs McNeil Mar 24, 2014
      By Legs McNeil Dec 30, 2013

      GG Allin's Last Day on Earth

      When I was doing a reading tour of the south last winter, I became friendly with Johnny Puke, from Charleston, South Carolina. GG overdosed and died in Johnny's apartment in the East Village—this is his report.

      By Legs McNeil Dec 30, 2013
      By Legs McNeil Nov 6, 2013

      Ron Asheton - King of the Stooges

      Ron and Scott Asheton were the nucleus of the Stooges, the greatest punk band in the world. In Iggy's words, "These guys were the laziest delinquent sorts of pig slobs ever born." Ron passed away in 2009, but not before I sat down with him for ten hours s…

      By Legs McNeil Nov 6, 2013
      By Legs McNeil Oct 28, 2013

      What Lou Reed Taught Me, by Legs McNeil

      Lou mined the depth and articulation of sheer desperation. Whether I was waiting for my drug dealer, or trying to get off during sex, or some other private weirdness I was too mortified to admit, Lou'd already been there, and he'd come back with a song.

      By Legs McNeil Oct 28, 2013
      By Legs McNeil Oct 14, 2013

      Dee Dee Ramone - Portrait of a Punk

      Dee Dee was the archetypical fuck-up. He was a male prostitute, a would-be mugger, a heroin user and dealer, an accomplice to armed robbery—and a genius poet who was headed for an early grave, but was sidetracked by rock 'n' roll.

      By Legs McNeil Oct 14, 2013
      By Legs McNeil Aug 31, 2013

      100 Miles Per Hour

      I was talking to photographer Bob Gruen the other day, and he told me he'd just come from visiting our old friend Alan Vega, the lead singer of the revolutionary electronic proto-punk band Suicide, in the hospital. I immediately thought, 'Oh shit, not ano…

      By Legs McNeil Aug 31, 2013
      By Legs McNeil Jun 24, 2013

      Among the War Pigs

      It's amazing how many real-life Spinal Tap moments I've had. They always lead me to ask myself, "Did that really happen?" I had one of those experiences with Ozzy Osbourne in Nuremberg, Germany, in the same stadium where Leni Riefenstahl made her epic Naz…

      By Legs McNeil Jun 24, 2013
      By Legs McNeil Jun 14, 2013

      Happy, Happy, Happy! - A Memory of Arturo Vega

      Arturo Vega, the man behind the Ramones' iconic logo, passed away on June 8, 2013. I remember him back in 1978 pulling all-nighters at the band's Second Street loft, pouring over their silk-screen operation—one long counter weighted down with a wooden scr…

      By Legs McNeil Jun 14, 2013