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This review is from: Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone (Hardcover)
Let me begin this by saying that I am extremely surprised by this book that I casually bought. It brought me to tears at the end, (I'm a male in my 50's, ex-Marine) and gave me a penetrating glimpse into my adolescence, but first a little history. My youth was spent in and around N.Y.C., either as a privileged kid in a North Jersey suburb, or at a place we had in the city. I revolted against my upbringing all throughout my school years, and found a source of intense excitement with this new band, The Ramones. We're talking 76' here, I picked up on Leave Home. First one went by me. I was 12 years old then. Anyway, I soon became a nut for the Ramones, and would see them everywhere I could. N.J., The city, Queens, Long Island. I would go see Dee Dee at comic book conventions and just the weirdest places. I would ever so often see Johnny on the Subway, he was always dressed just like he was onstage, the jacket,.... everything. I would always go up to him and say, "Johnny, I'm a huge fan and I just wanted to say that you are the God of Thunder. Only you are able to do this. You rule." I would smile and he would give me a serious look and reply, "Thanks a lot.... that really means a lot to me. That's the kind of thing that keeps me going!" Then he'd smile.
I lost touch with the Ramones after Road to Ruin, I tried, but there was endless better music out there. When Joey died I was pretty emotional because he was the sweetheart of the band. But Joey told a rather 1 dimensional picture of Johnny that this autobiography clarifies completely. I cried when I got to the end of the book because I realized what an incredible person he was. Amazing ethics and standards. Sure, a lot of imperfections, but what resonates with me is the integrity. I realized that I was looking for the very things he believed in. Linda, If you're reading this, my deepest condolences for his moving on. I had a powerful intuition as a kid that this dude was something very special, besides the greatest chopper/dragster joyride slice of exhilaration in music we will ever hear. If you can hear me up there Johnny, I will always carry you in my heart, you live on in me. Peace.
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Initial post: Apr 19, 2012 2:03:02 PM PDT
Dee Dee says:
John Evans from Smoke Rise? Just a guess...
Posted on May 7, 2012 7:56:55 PM PDT
Good news! You're actually only 48. I picked up Leave Home when it first came out, and i was 20.
Posted on Jun 7, 2012 9:14:06 AM PDT
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Lemmy Lugosi says:
Great review, and my reaction was quite similar. It's so unflichingly straightforward, that you can't help but feel Johnny knew this would be his last chance to set the record straight on many things, and not just about the Ramones.
I was moved by his passion, and I'm not even close to his political views. He was (IS) such an amazingly muscular musical force, that his influence will live on for as long as there are teenagers and electric guitars.
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