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Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone

by Johnny Ramone

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I hated it, and then I liked it, and then I loved it. I have read pretty much everything that has been written by or about the Ramones, and was dreading this book. It's not pretty and it's not polished and there are times the writing is just so unbelievably dry I regretted even starting the book. But over time I grew to both like and respect Johnny a lot more than I ever did. I am sure every member of the band had their own take on who did what, but this actually ended up feeling more even-handed than anything else. He gave credit to Dee Dee and Joey while at the same time admitting that they drove him crazy and that they both made him angry. He's also pretty damn honest about his own asshole qualities (of which there are MANY). I think this is mandatory reading if you care about the history of NYC punk rock, or hell, music history in general. ( )
  Caryn.Rose | Mar 18, 2015 |
The late Johnny Ramone in his own words with lots of great photos, Johnny's top ten lists, and his personal assessments of each Ramones record. A genuine punk was he. Raw, honest, crazy, fast and funny, kinda like a Ramones record. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Be prepared for a rock biography like none you've read before. Apparently Johnny didn't get into rock and roll for sex and drugs but because he needed a job. This book is very frank and workman like. If you're expecting in depth details like say the Keith Richards biography, its not here. Johnny glosses over the bands history while offering his opinion on a multitude of subjects. An opinion that is always entertaining. A thoroughly entertaining read. ( )
  norinrad10 | Apr 11, 2012 |
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Raised in Queens, New York, Johnny Ramone founded one of the most influential rock bands of all time, but he never strayed from his blue-collar roots and attitude. He was truly imbued with the angry-young-man spirit that would characterize his persona both on and off stage. Through it all, Johnny kept the band focused and moving forward, ultimately securing their place in music history by inventing punk rock. The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002—two years later, Johnny died of cancer, having outlived two other founding members. Revealing, inspiring, and told on his own terms, this highly designed memoir also features Johnny’s assessment of the Ramones’ albums; a number of eccentric Top Ten lists; rare historical artifacts; and scores of personal and professional photos, many of which have never before been published.

Praise for Commando:
“Amazing book . . . dense and throbbing with character—enough to bring this departed New York icon barking back to life.” —New York Daily News

"Johnny's delightful, sadly posthumous autobiography, Commando, is just like its author—as punk as it gets." —Wall Street Journal
“Ramone memoir reveals charming, grumpy punk icon.” —Reuters
“There's no grand confessional to end Commando, just a nod of gratitude toward family, friends, and fans. Its characteristic succinctness rings genuine.” —Austin Chronicle

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:03 -0400)

Johnny Ramone, born John Cummings, was a founding member of the Ramones, one of the most influential bands of all time.

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