The “entertaining and enlightening” (Stephen King) final word on the genius and mischief of the Ramones, told by the man who created the beat behind their iconic music and lived to tell about it.
When punk rock reared its spiky head in the early seventies, Marc Bell had the best seat in the house. Already a young veteran of the prototype American metal band Dust, Bell took residence in artistic, seedy Lower Manhattan, where he played drums in bands that would shape rock music for decades to come, including Wayne County, who pioneered transsexual rock, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids, who directly inspired the entire early British punk scene.
If punk had royalty, in 1978 Marc became part of it when he was knighted “Marky Ramone” by Johnny, Joey, and Dee Dee of the iconoclastic Ramones. The band of tough misfits were a natural fit for Marky, who dressed punk before there was punk, and who brought his “blitzkrieg” style of drumming as well as the studio and stage experience the band needed to solidify its lineup. Together, they changed the world.
But Marky Ramone changed, too. The epic wear and tear of a dysfunctional group (and the Ramones were a step beyond dysfunction) endlessly crisscrossing the country and the world in an Econoline—practically a psychiatric ward on wheels—drove Marky from partying to alcoholism. When his life started to look more out of control then Dee Dee’s, he knew he had a problem. Marky left music in the mid-eighties to enter recovery and eventually returned to help the Ramones finally receive their due as one of the greatest and most influential bands of all time.
Covering in unflinching detail the cult film Rock ’N’ Roll High School to “I Wanna Be Sedated” to Marky’s own struggles, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg is an authentic and always honest look at the people who reinvented rock music, and not a moment too soon.
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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.
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.