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