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      Please Kill Me

      Legs McNeil wrote the best book on punk. Now he writes for VICE.

      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 Ernie Brooks, as told to Legs McNeil Jun 6, 2014

      Jonathan Richman: In Love with the Modern World

      Ernie Brooks' chance encounter with Jonathan Richman led to a wild ride as one of the founding members of the legendary Modern Lovers, perhaps the greatest alt-rock, pre-punk, indie band that no one has ever seen.

      By Ernie Brooks, as told to Legs McNeil Jun 6, 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 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 Alice Cooper as Told to Legs McNeil Sep 19, 2013

      Alice Cooper's Dead Drunk Friends

      I first met Alice at a party in the mid-1970s. It was really one of those, "I'm not worthy" moments. Alice was someone I truly respected, mostly because he'd made it on his own terms by driving a stake through the heart of the peace and love generation…

      By Alice Cooper as Told to Legs McNeil Sep 19, 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 Keith Morris as Told to Legs McNeil Aug 15, 2013

      Black Flag: Anatomy of a Lawsuit

      Keith Morris and I have been pals for about a million years, ever since I crashed on his floor after another drunken night hanging out in LA during the 1970s. A month after we finished this interview, Greg Ginn, the guy who co-founded Black Flag, initiate…

      By Keith Morris as Told to Legs McNeil Aug 15, 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