Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Spotted: Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Rock by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

Where: R-train
Who was reading: A balding man with a gently hooked nose in a long trench coat. A half-grimace kept tugging at his lips, but left unchecked it might well have metamorphosed into a genuine smile.
What part of the book was he reading? Part III: The Piss Factory. This, in my opinion, is an excellent part title. Parts from other books could learn a lot from it.
What is "The Piss Factory"? Originally, this refers to the factory where a young Patti Smith once inspected pipe as a summer job. She would later write a song about it, entitled, you guessed it, "Piss Factory." I suppose you'd have to read the book to figure out why this marked a significant moment in the history of punk rock. 
If you're in the mood for something lighter (but just as rockin')... you can't go wrong with Punk Rock Etiquette by Travis Nichols.


  1. What am I reading today? Stephanie's blog from Dystel & Goderich Literary Mgt., and that's how I found your blog. Great observations.