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Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone (2015)

by Marky Ramone

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Being the memoirs of the longest-serving surviving member of punk rock indispensables The Ramones, drummer Marky Ramone. In addition to the Ramones stories, the author spends significant time describing his battle against alcoholism, his time playing in his most significant other gig, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and his observations as a scenester in seventies New York in the seminal days of punk and new wave. The book is very interesting, albeit in a rather grim way. Despite the author's hopeful and cheerful veneer, it's disillusioning to read about the Ramones' complete inability to get along with each other and the members' severe psychological problems, particularly since the group always seemed to have such a feel-good, us against the world vibe. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Jun 1, 2015 |
The life of the Ramones' second, and fourth, drummer. He tells of his childhood in Brooklyn and his beginnings as a professionals drummer playing in various local bands and having some international success with Dust and the early punk/jazz band Richard Hell and the Voidoids. Then came the years with the Ramones, dealing with John's anger, Dee Dee's drugs and Joey's OCD. He remembers the making of each album, including the controversial End of the Century produced by Phil Spector.
This autobiography is great for the Ramones fan because it answers so many questions: how controlling was Johnny (very), how wild was Dee Dee, did Johnny really marry Joey's girlfriend, what was the backstory for so many of their songs and how did they go about replacing members who left. But this is also a great book for anyone interested in the NYC music scene in the 70's/80's, as he was there when punk began. The reader who only knows "I Wanna Be Sedated" might not be interested enough to get through the nearly 400 pages, as he doesn't join the band until more than a hundred pages in, but the fan will be rewarded with Marky's explanations for so many mysteries about the band. ( )
  mstrust | Jan 25, 2015 |
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"The inside story behind one of the most revered bands in music history during the early days of punk rock in New York, from legendary drummer Marky Ramone. Rolling Stone ranked the Ramones at #26 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time." They received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. And Marky Ramone played a major part in this success--his "blitzkrieg" style of drumming drove the sound the Ramones pioneered. Now, fans can get the inside story. Before he joined the Ramones, Marc Bell was already a name in the New York music scene. But when he joined three other tough misfits, he became Marky Ramone, and the rhythm that came to epitomize punk was born. Having outlived his bandmates, Marky is the only person who can share the secrets and stories of the Ramones' improbable rise from obtuse beginnings to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But it wasn't all good times and hit songs, and Marky doesn't shy away from discussing his own struggles, including the addiction to alcohol that led him to be temporarily kicked out of the band. From the cult film Rock 'n' Roll High School through "I Wanna Be Sedated" through his own struggle with alcoholism, Marky Ramone sets the record straight, painting an unflinching picture of the dysfunction behind the band that changed a generation. With exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg is both a cultural history of punk and a stirring story that millions of fans have been waiting for"--… (more)

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