The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone

Book - 2012
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Raised in Queens, where he worked as a plumber while honing his guitar skills, Johnny Ramone eventually became a founding member of The Ramones, one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Often called the first punk rock outfit, their status is now legendary. But despite becoming an international star when he was alive, Johnny never really strayed from his blue-collar roots and attitude. His bouts of delinquency as a kid might have given way to true discipline when it came to keeping the band in line, but he was truly imbued with the angr y-young-man spirit that would characterise his persona on and off stage. Johnny was the driving force behind the Ramones, sometimes referred to as a drill sergeant, bringing order and regiment to the band. This was evident in the speed, accuracy and intensity of their music. Johnny kept the band focused and moving forward, ultimately securing their place in rock history. The Ram ones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and two years later, Johnny dies of cancer, outliving the other two founding members and getting the last and complete word. Brutally honest, revealing and touching, this is Johnny Ramones's story and the story of the Ramones from start to finish, told in his own words and on his own terms. In addition to his story, the book will contain Johnny's annotated and graded assessment of the Ramones' albums, a number of eccentric Top Ten Lists; favourite Elvis films, favourite Republicans [Johnny was actually pretty conservative], favourite horror films, pages from his legendary "black books" with notes on concerts, inspirations, anecdotes and scores of black and white and colour photos, many of which have not been published before.
Publisher: New York :, Abrams Image,, 2012.
ISBN: 9780810996601
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 R1753R
Characteristics: 175 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Cafiero, John - Editor


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Aug 06, 2017

Even though I am a long-time Ramones fan, this meticulous autobiography provided a great deal of new, and rather illuminating, information about both Johnny, and the band.

Aug 24, 2016

Don't judge a book by it's cover. This Ramone's bio is a real treat.
An unconventional rocker, Johnny doesn't hold back. This book is a fast read about a real trailblazer.
Written prior to his death it encompasses his whole career.
You might not like what he has to say but if you are a Ramones fan, you already know he doesn't care what you think.

Feb 11, 2013

Enjoyed this book alot more than I thought I would. An honest autobiography that a Ramones fan would enjoy, gets better as it goes along.

carolineno1971 Oct 05, 2012

Written with a very authentic voice, this is the perfect comfort book for the angry man in your life. A nice surprise.


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