b Picayune, MS
Plays a unique blend of country blues. Learned about playing the guitar from family members. At age 16, Louis joined the Job Corps and spent time in the Southwest. At age 19, he returned to Jackson, MS and often traveled to New Orleans to stay with his grandfather, Arzo. Louis also played with a Calypso band while living in Miami, FL and working as a heavy equipment operator.
b St Louis, MO
b 1956 New Haven, CT
Legs McNeil: Punk from Connecticut makes good! Huh?
Yea, Legs was born in 1956 in New Haven, CT as Roderick McNeil, but his family just called him Eddie. Tired of the small town life and restless, Eddie hit the big city of New York around the age of 18. Eddie then met a fellow by the name of John Holmstrom in the mid seventies and John was interested in starting a magazine so that they could be "cool". Eddie suggested they call the magazine "PUNK" and Holmstrom gave McNeil the name of Legs and appointed Legs as the "Resident Punk"! So there you have it, the birth of "Punk"; very simple according to Legs. PUNK Magazine was published for four years, from 1975 to 1979.
Legs McNeil is the coauthor with Gillian McCain of the 1996 book, "Please Kill Me - The Uncensored Oral History of Punk." Please Kill Me, taken from a Richard Hell AKA Richard Meyers) T-shirt, is a free-for-all report as told by the participants in the New York Punk scene of the 1970's.
Legs was also an editor for Spin and Nerve magazines. In addition, he wrote for the film titled Still Insatiable, starring Marilyn Chambers. Marilyn being of Deep Throat fame. Legs was also one of the authors of Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones, released in 2000.
During February-2005, Legs and coauthor Jennifer Osborne released a book titled, The Other Hollywood. McNeil's most recent book is based on the Porn Film Industry. Legs and Jennifer are shown here on March 8, 2005 at Left Bank Books located in the Central West End of St. Louis, Missouri.