The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone

Book - 2011
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Raised in Queens, New York, Johnny Ramone founded one of the most influential rock bands of all time, but he never strayed from his blue-collar roots and attitude. He was truly imbued with the angry-young-man spirit that would characterize his persona both on and off stage. Through it all, Johnny kept the band focused and moving forward, ultimately securing their place in music history by inventing punk rock. The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002--two years later, Johnny died of cancer, having outlived two other founding members. Revealing, inspiring, and told on his own terms, this highly designed memoir also features Johnny's assessment of the Ramones' albums; a number of eccentric Top Ten lists; rare historical artifacts; and scores of personal and professional photos, many of which have never before been published.

Praise for Commando:
"Amazing book . . . dense and throbbing with character--enough to bring this departed New York icon barking back to life." -- New York Daily News

"Johnny's delightful, sadly posthumous autobiography, Commando , is just like its author--as punk as it gets." -- Wall Street Journal
"Ramone memoir reveals charming, grumpy punk icon." --Reuters
"There's no grand confessional to end Commando , just a nod of gratitude toward family, friends, and fans. Its characteristic succinctness rings genuine." -- Austin Chronicle

Publisher: New York : Abrams Image, 2011
ISBN: 9780810996601
Branch Call Number: 782.421667 RAM 2012 22
Characteristics: 175 p. : ill
Alternative Title: Autobiography of Johnny Ramone


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Aug 06, 2017

Even though I am a long-time Ramones fan, this meticulous autobiography provided a great deal of new, and rather illuminating, information about both Johnny, and the band.

Aug 24, 2016

Don't judge a book by it's cover. This Ramone's bio is a real treat.
An unconventional rocker, Johnny doesn't hold back. This book is a fast read about a real trailblazer.
Written prior to his death it encompasses his whole career.
You might not like what he has to say but if you are a Ramones fan, you already know he doesn't care what you think.

Feb 11, 2013

Enjoyed this book alot more than I thought I would. An honest autobiography that a Ramones fan would enjoy, gets better as it goes along.

carolineno1971 Oct 05, 2012

Written with a very authentic voice, this is the perfect comfort book for the angry man in your life. A nice surprise.

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