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. 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.
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.
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.
Punk Rock Blitzkrieg is both a cultural history of punk and a stirring story that millions of fans have been waiting for.
"Fans of punk and new wave will be fascinated by [the] details." (Booklist)
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Dedicated Punk Fans Must Read
Yes. Great background into the history of Punk legends Ramones. Like any history story told well, there's typically more to glean on a second pass.
Realizing "End Of The Century" was Spectorized. I thought I knew my album history, but some how managed to miss the fact Phil Spector produced End of The Century. I stopped the book as soon as I learned this fact, and immediately listened to the album again, and heard the tracks with new ears. As a matter of fact, learning the stories behind many of the Ramones songs and Markey's previous bands was a huge distraction --- I found myself constantly switching from the book to my long punk playlist to listen to all the songs mentioned with a brand new appreciation. It was a very cool experience for a lifelong fan.
This was my first listen with Mr. Snow. He did a great job of projecting Marky's tone and speech pattern. It's clear Mr. Snow "got in character" to deliver the narration, and it worked great.
"Sedated" What else would you call it?
Was a clear reminder of to not pass up the opportunity catch your favorite bands when they are around -- there's no guarantee they'll pass by again.
Ramones fan? Get this book!