GG Allin, the last dangerous musician.
Few of you immersed in the world of what passes as "rebellious" music these days have probably heard of Allin. His on-stage antics were legendary back in the day, landing him AP stories, multiple arrests and appearances on a variety of shows, including one with Geraldo Rivera before he became a Fox stooge. He billed himself as a rock 'n' roll terrorist, and he was. Love him or hate him, he left an impression.
The letters I'll reprint are out of chronological order. I apologize for that. I don't have all the envelopes with the postmark dates on them. This one came in 12/92. Allin is either responding to a previous letter or a phone conversation we had ...
Hated [sic] will have it's [sic] first showing in NYC in late Jan..
As far as a show in PA ... I did a show somewhere in Bethlehem PA [sic] back in 89 [sic], but I can't fucking remember where ... I know the cops showed up but I got away before they arrived. It was a very chaotic event. I remember the crowd chanting fuck the pigs [sic] at my demand -- and locking the doorway to the club so I could escape out the back door ... they bought me some time while holding the cops off ... I passed out in a bloody heap with some bitch named Linda in an alley until my band found me ...
Send #7 [of my 'zine] when its [sic] out -- one to me + one to Shrinkwrap.
GG Allin 206045 [Allin's prison ID number]
I believe Allin's brother, Merle, was trying to get me to book a PA show once Allin was released from prison. I remember calling a few places and being flatly turned down (not surprising). Good times. Good times.