He was born in 1957 in Cheshire, Connecticut as Eddie McNeil, and later took on the pen name Legs. In 1975 he and two highschool friends, John Holmstrom and Ged Dunn, decided to self-publish a new music magazine. The name "Punk" was decided upon because "it seemed to sum up... everything... obnoxious, smart but not pretentious, absurd, ironic, and things that appealed to the darker side". This was the birth of the legendary Punk Magazine, which became an inspiration to countless other aspiring zinesters.
Legs McNeil also published two books and has been an editor for Spin and Nerve.com.
- Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk with Gillian McCain (Penguin Books, 1997).
- The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry, with Jennifer Osborne and Peter Pavia (Regan Books, 2006).