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Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone Hardcover – April 2, 2012
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About the Author
John Cummings (1948–2004), aka Johnny Ramone, was ranked by Rolling Stone as #16 on its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” In Time’s rating of the “10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players,” he was named, in a fit of appropriate rebellion, #11.
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With a military school background and a deeply ingrained work ethic, Johnny wasn't your average rock star, fixated on sex and drugs and avoiding responsibility. He was focused on making the band successful and keeping the quality consistently high. Commando is less of a tell-all book about the personality conflicts within the group (that gossip has been covered elsewhere) and more of a sober assessment of Johnny's and the Ramones' successes and failures over their long career. Johnny's highly developed business sense comes through loud and clear (and loud!). Attention up-and-comers: Commando is a textbook for anyone who wants to start a band and make a living at it.
Being one of the architects of punk, Johnny's story is told with unflinching honesty. It's as much about "I don't care what you think" as it is about maintaining his own personal integrity. Johnny candidly admits to the bad stuff he did (some of it a little shocking) as well as the phenomenal job he did keeping the Ramones together and working steadily. It's neither boastful nor apologetic. It is what it is.
The text is very much in Johnny's own voice. You almost feel like he's talking to you when he discusses his friends, his former girlfriends, and his wife Linda.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Johnny Ramone was certainly not a shrinking violet and, while a man of few public words, he didn't mince any of them. This is his story - his life before, during and after the Ramones, and he tells it simply, directly, and with an artlessness that ironically elevates his prose. Much like the Ramones themselves, actually.
Unimpressed with his own legend, JR makes no pretense of himself, while offering an honest opinion of his own place in rock 'n' roll. He viewed his job as, well, a JOB, and set out to do it well, give it his complete and unstinting effort and do his damnedest to make sure that his customers got their money's worth. Thanks to his vigilance and willingness to be a task-master, he made sure the other Ramones gave their all, too. This leads into the great ironies of Johnny Ramone:
An unapologetic "punk," he was the one who cracked the whip and made sure everyone was professional, prepared and on time. An icon of iconoclasm, he was a proud social and political conservative who loved America and the Republican party, he influenced and inspired countless young liberals and "anarchists" to pick up their guitars and howl.
All of which, and much more you'll read for yourself, make JR a fascinating individual. And if that isn't enough, there are scores of great photos, Johnny's own critique of the band's albums, and, perhaps most fun of all, a scattershot of lists of his favorite movies, ball players, etc. And while I am not sure how much I care for the cardboard covers, I AM fond of the sewn signatures, which bode well for at least part of its long term shelf life.
If you are here looking at this, you know you want to read this. So go on and read it. It's a lot more fun than reviews of it.
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Nowadays it's trendy yo love the Ramones. Everybody does, right? Here you will find the truth from the horses's mouth. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sergio pescador
Make no doubt about it, this is written in the voice and words of Johnny Ramone. Just what exactly does that mean? No fluff. No warm fuzzies. No ducky's and bunnies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My niece loves the Ramones. Hopefully she can learn about music and not the lifestyle.Published 5 months ago by Ryan Harris
An absolute must for Ramones fans. I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the hard back, the photos and the writing. Great stuff. A great read and very entertaining. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DeeSquared
Great to read the book with Ramone songs playing in the background.Published 6 months ago by Jpuscas