Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones

Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones

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by Dee Dee Ramone, Veronica Kofman
     
 

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Lobotomy is a lurid and unlikely temperance tract from the underbelly of rock 'n' roll. Taking readers on a wild rollercoaster ride from his crazy childhood in Berlin and Munich to his lonely methadone-soaked stay at a cheap hotel in Earl's Court and newfound peace on the straight and narrow, Dee Dee Ramone catapults readers into the raw world of sex, addiction, and…  See more details below

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Lobotomy is a lurid and unlikely temperance tract from the underbelly of rock 'n' roll. Taking readers on a wild rollercoaster ride from his crazy childhood in Berlin and Munich to his lonely methadone-soaked stay at a cheap hotel in Earl's Court and newfound peace on the straight and narrow, Dee Dee Ramone catapults readers into the raw world of sex, addiction, and two-minute songs. It isn't pretty. With the velocity of a Ramones song, Lobotomy rockets from nights at CBGB's to the breakup of the Ramones' happy family with an unrelenting backbeat of hate and squalor: his girlfriend ODs; drug buddy Johnny Thunders steals his ode to heroin, "Chinese Rock"; Sid Vicious shoots up using toilet water; and a pistol-wielding Phil Spector holds the band hostage in Beverly Hills. Hey! Ho! Let's go!

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Determined to kick heroin, methadone, and his past, Ramone checked himself into New York City's Chelsea Hotel upon writing these memoirs of his 15 dysfunctional years as bassist/songwriter of punk's poster boys, The Ramones. To describe them as a haphazard, hazily recalled series of mostly gory episodes is more than fair, but to thousands of fans they will take on higher meaning, as this is the only Ramones story by a Ramone. Luckily, amongst all the boozing, scoring, overdosing, and power struggling, Dee Dee brings in producer/ consummate nut case Phil Spector for comic relief. Before he oversaw the production of the CD End of the Century, Spector invited the band to his Beverly Hills mansion. When our narrator tried to leave, Spector brandished a pistol and made his guests listen to him play "Baby I Love You" on the piano until 4:30 a.m. Had Lobotomy been more structured and detailed, it would have nicely complemented the 1970s New York punk bible, Please Kill Me. As it is, however, this book is more about Dee Dee surviving himself than about the Ramones, and what he does remember of the era and his estranged band mates makes better anecdotes than a book. For larger popular music collections.--Heather McCormack, "Library Journal" Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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"Dee Dee was the heart and soul of the Ramones. He brought that aspect to everything he did. Dee Dee set the tone for who and what the Ramones were, giving their identity consistency, and setting the bar for what would eventually define punk rock."—Joan Jett, from the foreword

"Dee Dee Ramone's life was nothing sort of extreme. He was plagued by demons, but created music as if by angels. As chaotic as his reality was, his music was just as brilliant. Dee Dee lived and died by the sword we call rock 'n' roll. Now let him tell you as only he could!"—Jerry Only, The Misfits

"There's no one in a better position to write a definitive work on the New York punk scene.... [Lobotomy] is a compelling, raw nerve rampage through the frazzled brain of one of rock's most tragic heroes."—Ian Fortnam, Vox

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560252528
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
167,135
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Dee Dee Ramone was the enigmatic bassist and prolific songwriter for the Ramones, the inventors and best exemplars of punk rock. Dee Dee and the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and received a Grammy Award in 2011 for Lifetime achievement. Dee Dee's influence on pop culture is immeasurable; his creative output transcends music, fashion, visual art, and literature.

DeeDeeRamone.com

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Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lobotomy was awesome!!! It had the most intresting stories from getting in trouble as a kid in germeny to shooting up with Johnny Thunders in New York . THE BOOK IS A TRIP RIP DEE DEE
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was excellent and if you are a ramones fan i say buy it! It was written on how he saw the world and its not reality but to him it was....all i could say is wow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a compelling work that gives the reader an inside look at the greatest punk rock band ever, The Ramones. Written by Dee Dee himself, this is an excellent work for any Ramones fan, and any fan of punk rock alike. This is a tale of Dee Dee's life, his struggles, and how he grew to be part of the biggest band in punk rock. It is truly a very insightful work, and is highly entertaining. Like I said, this is a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like the ramones like I have for years, you will love this book. It gives you an inside look at the hardships,highs and lows about being in the greatest Punk band to ever perform.Written by dee dee, a very true and brutally honest story of his life w/ the ramones and his own life with wife barbra. Very well written and I would reccomend it to any seriuos Ramones fans out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IF YOU AR A REMONES FAN OR JUST LIKE BOOKS ABOUT REAL LIFE THEN THIS ONE IS A MUST . DEE DEE HOLDS NOTHING BACK ,GOOD,BAD,OR UGLY HE LETS IT ALL OUT .