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From the author of A Cultural Dictionary of Punk comes an essential installment in the 33 1/3 series, Nicholas Rombes' The Ramones' Ramones, celebrating the seminal album in the Ramones' discography. Jonathan Davis' charismatic performance hooks listeners immediately into this exploration of the author's devotion to this simple, accessible album, as he explores the context of its creation and lauds it's genius and its influence. Fans will be as riveted by this audiobook as they are by the album.

Publisher's Summary

What could be more punk rock than a band that never changed, a band that for decades punched out three-minute powerhouses in the style that made them famous? The Ramones repetition and attitude inspired a genre, and Ramones set its tone.

Nicholas Rombes examines punk history, with the recording of Ramones at its core, in this inspiring and thoroughly researched justification of his obsession with the album.

Rock on: listen to more of the 33 1/3 series.
©2005 Nicholas Rombes (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • Tony
  • Drake, CO, United States
  • 10-04-11

Not good at all.

The first 20 minutes is just a definition of the word PUNK!!! Also every critic, author and the occasional fan is quoted as to the meaning of PUNK. This reminds me of a badly done college essay where a student has to write a certain amount of words, needlessly adding crap just to get the amount of words in. Just really poorly done and a waste of money.

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Dull!

Would you try another book from Nicholas Rombes and/or Jonathan Davis?

Nicholas Rombes? No! Joathan Davis? Maybe.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I don't know.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Davis?

Maybe

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The last quarter or so it gets into the making of the album and briefly touches on the early days of the Ramones. This part of the book is somewhat enjoyable, but overall not worth the reading the bulk of it.

Any additional comments?

The first three quarters of this book don’t really tell anything about the Ramones’ first album, nor does it tell anything about the Ramones themselves that anyone who’d even has a speck of interest in reading this wouldn’t already know. The book mostly talks about 70’s pop culture, making references to movies, television shows, and of course music, but all the references are way too mainstream to be interesting and fail to offer anything informative.