Legs McNeil wrote the best book on punk. Now he writes for VICE.
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.
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.
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…
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…
As an average high school girl from Levittown, Long Island, Moe's life was actually saved by rock 'n' roll. Here's an oral history of the first female drummer in one of the most revolutionary bands of all time.
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.
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…
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.
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.