Book #3: “Please Kill Me — The Oral History of Punk Rock” — Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain (2006)
This weekend sees the big screen debut of “CBGB,” the inevitable big screen treatment of punk rock in New York in the late ’70s. I will probably see it because, hello, Alan Rickman. But if you want pure punk rock spirit, you need to read “Please Kill Me—The Oral History of Punk Rock” by the two guys who coined the term Punk Rock. This is the Greek Tragedy of Modern Music, one of the saddest, and funniest, reads I’ve ever plowed through. Iggy Pop is the hero and The Ramones the sacrificial lambs (and if you like Lou Reed, don’t read this, he’s the villain, with a capital V). Ironically there is no music here: it is pure personality and pure attitude here, but it is enough.