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Please Kill Me

The Oral History of the First Two Times the Beatles Took Acid

A few months after George and John were unexpectedly dosed with LSD, the whole band decided to try psychedelics properly. This is what went down.
Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
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Partying with John Waters in 1970s Provincetown

This is the story of the 70s summer photographer Nan Goldin spent partying with eccentrics like Philippe Marcade, John Waters, and other brilliant weirdos.
Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
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Andy Warhol Wanted Lou Reed to Be His 'Mickey Mouse'

Billy Name, a late key figure in the 60s art scene and briefly Warhol's lover, speaks to the authors of 'Please Kill Me' about the Velvet Underground's breakup, and the time Warhol was almost murdered.
Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

'Please Kill Me,' 20 Years Later

Authors Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain reflect on writing one of the most important rock books ever.
Elyssa Goodman
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Getting Fucked Up with Tom Baker, Norman Mailer, and Jim Morrison

A tale of lust, drugs, mistakes, and loss from famed punk historian Legs McNeil.
Legs McNeil
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Jello Biafra Talks JonBenét Ramsey and H.R. Giger

The famed Dead Kennedys' screamer reminisces about the old days of the Ramones, the tabloid frenzy surrounding the brutal murder of JonBenét Ramsey, and hanging out with GWAR and H.R. Giger.
Legs McNeil

Hey New York, Come Celebrate Music Photographer Mick Rock with Two Events This Week

One of the most iconic rock photographers ever is having a gallery show in Tribeca and an hour-long conversation at the Ace Hotel with two other rock documentary heavy-hitters, Bob Gruen and Legs McNeil.
VICE Staff
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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.
Legs McNeil
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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.
Ernie Brooks, as told to Legs McNeil
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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...
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Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain Just Dropped Their First Book Since 'Please Kill Me'

Even if you haven't read Please Kill Me, you've seen its black-and-red ransom-note logo on even the most shallow of bookshelves. Legs and Gillian haven't put out a book together in 18 years, but last week they released Dear Nobody, a...
Benjamin Shapiro
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Question Mark & the Mysterians: The Making of '96 Tears'

The piercing organ riff, bare-bones vocal track, and low-fidelity production make "96 Tears" a safe candidate for first garage punk song ever, and if you haven’t heard it I feel sorry for you.
Legs McNeil