Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 6 - 7:30pm

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Authors Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain read from and talk about their contemporary classic, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk which is the definitive oral history of the most nihilistic of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, the Ramones, and scores of other punk figures lend their voices to this decisive account of that explosive era. It is the number one best-selling punk book of all time. It has been published in 12 languages and helped launch the oral history trend in music books. The 20th anniversary edition features new photos and an afterword by the authors.

The event is co-sponsored by the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.

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Legs McNeil cofounded Punk magazine and is a former editor at Spin and editor-in-chief of Nerve

Gillian McCain is a Canadian poet, author, and photography collector. She is the author of two books of poetry, Tilt and Religion.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

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  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.