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Punk Rock Blitzkrieg

My Life as a Ramone
Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (167 ratings)

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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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Hey Ho - Let’s Go!!

As a long time Ramone’s fan I absolutely loved this. The peak of my Ramone’s fandom from 1982-1987 actually missed most of the Marky era, but I loved hearing the backstory from the beginning. Marky didn’t hold back, and though the book is obviously through his lens, I felt he maintained a good balance. It’s amazing that in the probably 50+ Ramones shows a saw, you never had an including of the dysfunction within the band and the chaos behind the scenes. A must read for a Ramones fan!

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Great book about the great Marky Ramone

I loved everything about this book - the narration, the stories, the details. It was very fun to listen to the audio book. Highly recommended!

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An amazing telling of Markey Ramones career.

I had a gret time through the whole telling. The narration was on point and thurough. The inter struggle between bandmates was an eye opener. I loved the story of the guys going to the US festival, because that is one of my favorite live performances I have watched. The relationship between joey and johnny's girlfriends was interesting as well.

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Essential but flawed

All they had to do was a little research and get the narrator to not mispronounce things. His German’s pretty good though.

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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.