Legs McNeil

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The Time Patti Smith Broke My Heart

The legendary <i>Punk</i> magazine editor Legs McNeil talks about the time he tried to interview his friend Patti Smith for the classic book <i>Please Kill Me</i>.
Legs McNeil
7.4.16
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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
3.17.15
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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
11.3.14
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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
7.10.14
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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...
Legs McNeil
4.29.14
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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...
Legs McNeil
3.24.14
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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
2.26.14
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Moe Tucker - Snapshots of the Velvet Underground

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.
Legs McNeil
1.21.14
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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.
Legs McNeil
12.30.13
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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...
Legs McNeil
11.6.13
Music

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.
Legs McNeil
10.28.13
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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.
Legs McNeil
10.14.13
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