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Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone Hardcover – January 13, 2015
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"Marky was an integral part of not one, but TWO of the most important bands in rock and roll. He saw everything from ground zero and lived to tell about it. Absolutely vital document!" (Anthony Bourdain)
“Marky's music and style defined the punk rock movement and has influenced countless artists, entertainers and designers. As a musician, he harnessed the energy of the 1970s counterculture into a truly new movement, one that resulted in a seismic shift in fashion, art and music. While playing in great groups like Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Dust, Estus, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and of course The Ramones he became known as one of the best drummers of our time, rivaling Keith Moon. I first saw him perform with Estus in 1973 in Horseheads, New York when they opened for B.B.King. It will forever be an amazing memory.” (Tommy Hilfiger)
"The Ramones are one of the three or four most influential American rock bands of all time, and their story, as related by surviving member Marky Ramone, is both entertaining and enlightening. So put on your old leather jacket, scream Gabba-Gabba-Hey at the top of your lungs, and dig in." (Stephen King)
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The book goes pretty in-depth into Marky’s pre and post-Ramones’ life. While the “before and after” won’t interest Ramones’ fans as much as the “in-between" stuff about his time with the Ramones, it makes for an interesting read and fills in a lot of gaps. He covers his bands Dust, The Voidoids, Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys (not THOSE “Backstreet Boys”), Marky Ramones and the Intruders and The Remainz. But the bulk of the book, as expected, is Marky’s time with The Ramones. And what a time it was.
While most of this is stuff previously covered in the myriad of Ramones’ biographies and auto-biographies already released, it goes into further depth and with (obviously) a different view. Marky discusses, even more in-depth than in Mickey Leigh’s excellent, “I Slept With Joey Ramone” Joey’s trouble with OCD. Dee Dee’s trouble with drugs. Monte’s trouble with falling for practical jokes and being the butt of all jokes. Johnny’s trouble with being an abusive jerk (not just to his bandmates and girlfriends, but even toward his bandmates’ girlfriends!). Marky’s battle with the bottle and his hitting rock-bottom; having his wife abandon him and his smashing his car into a furniture store midday.Read more ›
Like a lot of fans, I've read em all- Johnny Ramone's book, Dee Dee's, Mickey Leigh's, Monte Melnick's, and several other general bio books of the band. That on top of watching the End of Century and Raw documentary DVDs, left me wondering what other stories could be left.
Well, this book proves that there are plenty more great stories about the Ramones, and Marky Ramone's got em. All the anecdotes in this book are either totally new to me, or offer new details on well-told tales. For example, Marky's account of the Phil Spector sessions adds a whole different perspective from any other version.
In short, full of stuff you probably haven't read before, even if you're a hardcore Ramones fan.
His longtime wife Marion is the woman behind every great man as they say, and deserves so much credit for "hangin in there" between all the ups and downs that come with living with a Rockstar. It's not easy and she has stood by her man through thick and thin. I truly recommend this book to all Ramones fans and others who enjoy reading rock n' roll books. In my opinion, it is one of the best rock biographies ever written to date. BRAVO! to you Marky Ramone! You are an AMAZING drummer and truly a living legend in our time. "Keep Rockin" buddy and making rock history! RAMONES forever!
GABBA GABBA HEY!!
This memoir not only celebrates and laments Marky’s personal triumphs and tragedies, but those of all the other Ramones members as well. It is indeed a look into the intimate lives of the band members, warts-and-all. Nothing glossed over or euphemized, from Dee Dee’s addictions and helping himself to other people’s luggage in airports, to Johnny’s control-freak tendencies to Joey’s OCD idiosyncracies, all in-depth and detail.
We start off getting to know Marc Bell from an early age: including his early discovery of love of music with his twin brother Fred; the bands he played with before the Ramones; all parts of the journey leading up to the audition where Tommy Ramone gave Marky his blessings to take over kicking the skins for the band.
That’s where Marky gets on this crazy roller coaster ride known as The Ramones. He shares many colorful stories with us, including tours of Germany before and after the Berlin Wall fell. We see the stories behind “Rock & Roll High School” and “Pet Sematary”. We’re immersed in the entire Punk scene in NYC, including the immortal CBGB’s. We witness Johnny & Linda’s callous betrayal of their significant others, Roxy and Joey respectively. We’re confronted with Joey’s tragic fight with lymphoma, and events leading up to his untimely death. We also experience Dee Dee’s fight against substance abuse, which was ultimately his downfall. We relive Johnny’s last days and the benefit concert in his honor. We go on trial with Phil Spector.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Rock and Roll stories. The improbable rise of a kid from Brooklyn into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It doesn't get better than that.Published 1 month ago by Lisette Sucari
Good read. If you can't trust a drummer, then you have known a couple drummers!Published 3 months ago by Jonesy3000
This book was a great read, I'm a huge Ramones fan and Im the late generation that never got to see them, I've seen Marky and CJ with their bands live but I was too young to ever... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ernie M.
When I first found out that Marky Ramone was going to be a guest at the 2016 Albuquerque Comic Con, where I would also be as a comic book co-creator, I immediately ordered this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew J. Rothblatt
Great read. Learned some great new things about my favorite punk band. Long live the Ramones.Published 3 months ago by ARMANDO GARCIA
"Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone" makes you feel like part of the band. Absolutely recommendable!!!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have been waiting a long time for this book to come out. I'm was always a huge Ramones fan, and I still am. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lawrence Fine