Legs McNeil was born and raised in Connecticut, where the liquor stores still close at 8 p.m. As a teenager he was forced to move to New York City in order to quench his thirst. In 1975, at age 18, he cofounded Punk magazine. During the 1980s, Legs worked as a senior editor for Spin magazine. He lives alone in New York City and now drinks Pepsi.
Legs McNeil the author of Please Kill Me and co-creator and writer for NYC’s very first punk ‘zine (aka Punk), will be in Los Angeles this weekend with a rad line-up of events. His amazing story, Please Kill Me – The Uncensored Oral History of PUNK has been the Grimy Goods bible from day one and a big inspiration to this music blog. In the words of William S. Burroughs, “this book tells it like it was. It is the very first book to do so.”
Fans of Legs McNeil, you can see this iconic rock journalist in the flesh at one of his events this weekend in L.A. His appearances will kick off this Friday, April 12 at La Cita for the Punky Reggae Party where Legs will read selections from Please Kill Me and tell tales from the early days of punk. He will also be signing copies of his book, so bring yours down or buy a copy from him. If you’re into punk and don’t own this book, your punk is probably not the same as ours.
Legs will also have a DJ set at Harvard & Stone on Tuesday, April 16 at 11pm! More details for all the Leg McNeil events are on the flier above or can be found on his Website.
See you there.