Kevin Michael "GG" Allin's enduring rock 'n' roll legacy was built on his mythically extreme live performances. As the mercurial front man of bands including The Texas Nazis and The Murder Junkies, Allin did things on stage that ranged from disgustingly vile to outright illegal - the latter of which landed him in jail dozens of times.
Sometimes referred to as the "Madman of Manchester," Allin's exploits made him a legend in the world of punk rock, cementing his reputation as a rock star without equal when it came to what he - often quite literally - left on the stage. Allin was not without his controversies, though, having had several run-ins with the law. Some also labeled the singer a fraud, using shock value to cover up his sub-par music. Nonetheless, the man did some truly out-there things, both on and off the stage, that may leave you in a state of both awe and revulsion.
GG Allin was born on August 29, 1956, in Lancaster, NH. He was the second son of Merle Colby Allin Sr. and Arleta Gunther - a deeply religious couple who lived in a two-room log cabin with no electricity or running water. His nickname, "GG," actually came from his older brother, Merle Jr., who had difficulty with his given name, Jesus Christ, pronouncing it as "Je-Je."
As it turned out, Merle Sr. had a vision that GG was to be the next savior, hence his not-so-subtle name. Throughout GG's early years, his father became more and more unhinged, at one point even digging the family's graves in the cellar and threatening to take his family's lives then his own. His mother filed for divorce shortly before GG started school, and legally changed his name to the more nondescript Kevin Michael Allin.
GG Allin cycled through about a half-dozen bands, at least partially due to his volatile stage antics, which - to put it politely - weren't for everybody. When Allin took to the stage, he wanted to leave a lasting impression. Those who saw him live would probably agree that he did just that, especially considering that he reportedly started defecating on stage around 1986.
He would strip nude, as well, and start fights with members of the audience in an inventive bit of showmanship.
Allin spent much of the early 1980s living a relatively normal life. In 1980, he married Sandra Farrow, whom he had known since high school. As his brother Merle described, "Sandy had him p*ssy-whipped. He was wearing button-down shirts and taking out the garbage."
The marriage dissolved in 1986. By that point, Allin was already dating Tracy Deneault, a teenager. Deneault gave birth to a daughter, Nico, in 1986. Allin and Deneault never married.
When Allin perished at age 36, he was was dating 17-year-old Liz Mankowski.
At some point during the 1980s, GG Allin struck up a pen-pal relationship with John Wayne Gacy, who'd been convicted in the slayings of 33 people. The two were close enough friends that Gacy gladly designed the movie poster for the Todd Phillips-directed documentary Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies.
Gacy's artwork also essentially funded the film. Phillips sold prints of the poster for $15 a pop and ended up raising around $12,000, which covered the bulk of production costs.