Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone

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Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone by Marky Ramone, Richard Herschlag

The inside story behind one of the most revered bands in music history during the early days of punk rock in New York, from legendary drummer Marky Ramone.

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. And 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.

Before he joined the Ramones, Marc Bell was already a name in the New York music scene. But when he joined three other tough misfits, he became Marky Ramone, and the rhythm that came to epitomize punk was born.

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, including the addiction to alcohol that led him to be temporarily kicked out of the band.

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. With exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg is both a cultural history of punk and a stirring story that millions of fans have been waiting for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451687750
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Born Marc Bell, Marky Ramone, a Brooklyn native, joined the Ramones in 1978. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 along with Johnny, Joe, Dee Dee, and Tommy, and has received both a Grammy and an MTV Lifetime Achievement Award. Visit him online at MarkyRamone.com to keep up with all the latest.

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Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were pages missing and foul language i m like come on people where is your moralalty.not to mention they sang about the most vgur things ever i mean things are even worse now but they were bad back in thisbe those times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a teenager in the 70s and remember the year the Ramones' album came out. It was an album nobody I knew liked but they kept reading in Rolling Stone magazine how great the band was. In spite of RS mag's relentless promotion of the Ramones it wasn't until 2014 that the album reach gold status. It took over 37 YEARS to sell 500,000 copies! So obviously it isn't like they were that well-liked even in their "heyday". When I heard the song, "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue", I knew that this could not possibly be a band that would rise in the ranks. Why some people seem determined to promote stuff like this is beyond me. The "punk scene" was a fad. Musically it was sometimes better than disco at least (but not when it was the Ramones). I remember being in a record store in '77 or '78 and some guy was holding up a disco album in one hand and an album by Styx in the other. He said garbage like disco was a fad that couldn't last long, but he thought Styx would still be touring 20 years later. Sure enough, groups like Styx, Kansas, Yes, Rush, and Genesis...the kind of groups the punkers despised...thrived long after the demise of disco and long after the punk fad faded. Styx, Yes, Rush...they're still touring and thriving. Yes and Rush have released new material in the last few years. The 70s punk groups? Not so much. Punk-inspired groups like Blondie - different story. Not technically "punk", but grew out of that movement to create some very solid, memorable music. Put a song like "Dreaming" or "Eat to the Beat" up against "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" or "Beat on the Brat". One album comes across as fresh, intelligent, brimming with energy; the other comes across as, well, stupid.