Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones

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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 ...
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Overview


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!
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560252528
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 451,513
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

The Rock and Roll Crime Spree by Legs McNeil ix
Introduction: Chasing the Dragonfly 1
Part 1 Childhood 5
Deutschland Deutschland Uber Alles 7
The Summer of Hate 29
Teenage Runaway 37
Part 2 Blitzkrieg Bop! 43
Forbidden Fruit 45
The Boy Met Johnny 53
Home Is Where Hell Is 59
Take It! 73
Connie 81
Part 3 Ramones Leave Home 105
Rock and Roll Star 107
It's Alive! 111
High School Confidential 121
End of the Century 125
Chicken Beak Boy 133
Part 4 Road To Ruin 143
One for the Road 145
Hard Pressed 149
Psycho Therapy 167
Los Ramones 177
Endless Bummer 183
Heart of Poison 187
Connie: Part Two 191
Alligator Alley 197
Happy Family 203
End of the Road 209
Back to the Village 213
Part 5 Survivor 217
Paris 219
The Liquid Concentration Camp 225
Westbourne Park 235
Cold Turkey at the Chelsea Hotel 243
The Blues 249
Buenos Aires 257
Holland 261
Mechelen 269
Epilogue: Argentinian Farewell 275
Discography 289
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    ROCKS MONKEY CASBAH

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003

    What else could be said but wow.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    A must have for any fan of punk rock...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2001

    REAL LIFE

    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 .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2001

    One Ramones' perspective on the best punk band ever

    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.

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