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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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.

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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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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!

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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!

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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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God that was fun...

...and sad at times. I felt like I was along for the wild ride. I've loved the Ramones since 9th grade but I always kind of saw them as cartoon characters like in Rock and Roll highschool. it's revealing to get to know a bit about them as living breathing individuals (obviously, mostly Marky) with all the pain and passion that comes with life. More poignant than I would have expected.

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<br />One of the best Rock n Roll autobiographies !!!!!

best audio book I have listened to! Marky Ramone is a living legend! the narration is excellent, the stories are memorable, and the overall quality is bound above any rock autobiography I have read or heard!

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Gabba Gabby Hey-Ho!

A must for any Ramones/punk rock/or music fan. my only complaint is they should have had somebody with a New York accent narrating the book

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my favorite band

I love mark and joey. so this book was great really appreciate this book. And all the great stories .

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Great Rock and Roll Story

Any additional comments?

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.