Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain was published this March in Poland. We were inspired by the book and decided to create — during Ars Cameralis Festival — a cycle of events dedicated to punk. Please find some details below:
→ 21 November — a screening of Danny Says, (director: Brendan Toller, USA 2015), a documentary about Danny Fields, legendary manager, one of the most influencial figures of punk rock history, without whom career of The Doors, Cream, Lou Reeda, The Stooges, MC5 or The Ramones might not have happened.
→ 22 November — a concert of legendary Polish punk rock bands. Dezerter was formed in 1981 in Warsaw (initially as SS-20) by guitarist and songwriter Robert „Robal” Matera, drummer and songwriter Krzysztof Grabowski and bass player Dariusz Stepnowski. The band became famous after being portrayed in documentary Jarocin ’82 by Paweł Karpiński.
→ 23 November — a meeting with Gillian McCain, a Canadian poet, writer and collector of photographs, who co-wrote the book Please Kill Me and Danny Fields, one of the central characters of the book, publicist and manager of Iggy & The Stooges, MC5 or The Ramones, who collaborated with Jim Morrison and Velvet Underground, to name just a few. They will talk about the birth of punk, its glorious moments and legacy.
→ 23 November — a concert of punk duo Siksa, created by singer and performer Alex Freiheit and her boyfriend — bass player Bury. It’s not the name of a band as much as a stage figure of a rebellious, provocative and extremly honest scamp. Siksa made a lot of turmoil from punk zines through literary press to colorful magazines. She performs on squats, demonstrations and avant-garde festivals.
Stay tuned for more information!