Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone

By Johnny Ramone

Raised in Queens, long island, Johnny Ramone based the most influential rock bands of all time, yet he by no means strayed from his blue-collar roots and perspective. He was once really imbued with the angry-young-man spirit that will represent his character either off and on degree. via all of it, Johnny stored the band centred and relocating ahead, finally securing their position in song historical past by way of inventing punk rock. The Ramones have been inducted into the Rock and Roll corridor of reputation in 2002—two years later, Johnny died of melanoma, having outlived different founding participants. Revealing, inspiring, and advised on his personal phrases, this hugely designed memoir additionally beneficial properties Johnny’s evaluation of the Ramones’ albums; a few eccentric most sensible Ten lists; infrequent historic artifacts; and rankings of non-public pictures, a lot of that have by no means earlier than been published.

Praise for Commando:
“Amazing publication . . . dense and throbbing with character—enough to carry this departed long island icon barking again to life.” —New York day-by-day News

"Johnny's pleasant, unfortunately posthumous autobiography, Commando, is rather like its author—as punk because it gets." —Wall highway Journal
“Ramone memoir unearths fascinating, grumpy punk icon.” —Reuters
“There's no grand confessional to finish Commando, only a nod of gratitude towards relatives, buddies, and enthusiasts. Its attribute succinctness jewelry genuine.” —Austin Chronicle

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Three. Ramones (Musical staff) I. name. ML419. R324A3 2011 782. 42166092—dc22 [B] 2010032482 textual content copyright � 2012 Johnny Ramone military LLC Johnny Ramone military brand by way of Shepard Fairey, � JRA LLC. All rights reserved. “Today Your Love, day after today the area” written by way of Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Joey Ramone and Tommy Ramone, � 1976 (renewed), WB tune Corp. (ASCAP), Taco Tunes (ASCAP) and Evergreen leisure team Inc (ASCAP). Lyrics reprinted via permission. “Wart Hog” written by way of Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone � 1984 Taco Tunes (ASCAP).

CJ extra seven years onto the band’s lifestyles. He was once effortless to accommodate, and he was once a pleasant individual. i attempted to make him think like a part of the band up to attainable. i'm hoping he felt that approach. There are fanatics who in basic terms ever observed Dee Dee because the Ramones bass participant. So it used to be not easy for CJ occasionally. i do know that for me, nobody ever changed Brian Jones within the Rolling Stones, so i'll see that a few humans didn’t deal with CJ stepping in. yet he was once in, and he used to be it. I took him all the way down to constancy Investments and helped him open an account.

He’d come again to me with what we have been doing, after which i might persuade the remainder of the fellows what we have been doing. We did twenty-five exhibits at CBGB’s in 1974. On November sixteen we performed functionality Studios back, and we’d proceed to return there every now and then via 1975. We ran the door at these functionality Studios indicates, gathering the money. It wasn’t a lot in any respect; not anything quite got here in. We simply desired to play there, and it used to be a bring-your-own-drinks factor. a similar humans confirmed up at any time when. At that time, we didn’t even positioned what we made again into the band.

In addition they informed me that this was once an competitive melanoma and that the more youthful you have been, the extra competitive a few of them may be. there has been by no means a time whilst melanoma left my brain, and that i by no means felt that I had it thoroughly beat, yet I did imagine at a few issues that i'd make it. i might learn issues approximately prostate melanoma, yet Linda didn’t like me to simply because i might get so disappointed. every little thing I learn in some way instructed me that what I had was once quite undesirable. The books might describe the worst-case situation, and that might be mine.

S. CD variation: Spider guy Handwritten Christmas card to Johnny from Joey, 1990. From the non-public selection of Johnny Ramone. Used Courtesy JRA LLC. All rights reserved. The Ramones ring within the new yr on the mythical “It’s Alive” express on the Rainbow Theatre, London, December 31, 1977. photograph through Danny Fields, lower than license to JRA LLC. All rights reserved. photograph through Jenny Lens, � JRA LLC. All rights reserved. photograph by means of Danny Fields. below license to JRA LLC. All rights reserved. 1A: top BALLPLAYERS OF THE NINETIES 1.

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