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Punk Rock Blitzkrieg Audiobook

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Marc Steven Bell (P)2015 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Fans of punk and new wave will be fascinated by [the] details." (Booklist)

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    Leostriple 03-26-15
    Leostriple 03-26-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Dedicated Punk Fans Must Read"
    Would you listen to Punk Rock Blitzkrieg again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Punk Rock Blitzkrieg?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Corey M. Snow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Sedated" What else would you call it?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 02-21-15
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    "Ramones fan? Get this book!"

    A must listen for any Ramones fan! A true insiders look at the inner working of the machine called Ramones. A fun listen. Sad. Sweet. Raw. Upsetting. Triumphant. A great book about a great band, warts and all.

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    Justine 04-18-15
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    "Informing and inspiring!"

    I was finally able to make connections about rock culture that I didn't make before. Very well written. A story rich with history and life lessons. Gabba Gabba Hey!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-18-15
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    "A must read for any punk or rock fan"

    Great behind the scenes look at one of the greatest bands ever. Marky tells a honest, and fun recollection of the birth of Punk!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Tolmie 03-15-15
    John Tolmie 03-15-15
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    "Finally Some Truth"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great book for any fan of the Ramones or of punk rock for that matter. a truly Rock-n-Roll saga of a band of brothers who fought their way to stardom but never really made it. The rest of the rock world was heavily influenced by the Ramones and this book explains how from Marky's perspective.


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    MeathookWX Woods Cross, Utah 06-09-16
    MeathookWX Woods Cross, Utah 06-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    I really enjoyed Marky's book, I would have listened to it in one sitting if I didn't have to work....or have other distractions in life, one of the things I liked was being turned on to one of Marky's earlier bands called Dust.

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    David M. Cuthbert Vancleave, MS United States 04-05-16
    David M. Cuthbert Vancleave, MS United States 04-05-16 Member Since 2011
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    "incredible read"

    I've been a life long Ramones fan and this book has been the icing on the cake. not just a documentary, a memoir, or even a tell all; Punk Rock Blitzkrieg is the closest we as fans can come to truly experiencing the life of the Ramones. From Marky Ramones start as a kid with a drum set to the being the lone longest lasting member of the Ramones, this book has been more than an incredible read, but a read that touches the core of Ramones fans.

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    Mike 02-22-16
    Mike 02-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Ramones history lesson"

    I wasn't as put off by the narration as others were. It wasn't great, and a more New York authentic would've been better, but it wasn't horrible either. I thought the story was well told and and was a good depiction of a great American classic band.

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    Jordan Sleight 09-14-15
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    "brilliant"

    amazing, insightful, moving emotional one of the best books ive ever read and or listened too i plan on listening to book again highly recommend to ramone fans and or music fans in general

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    E. J. Fronczek 03-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it."

    Loved it. Great insight into a band that created a genre. The performance is good; but, it would have been better with a Brooklyn accent.

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