GABBA GABBA HEY!
When I think of classic punk rock, I instantly think of the Ramones. Yeah, I know about the Stooges and Pistols and Jam and all those bands. I just always dug the Ramones. They were funny, starred in a film with P.J. Soles and they simply rocked. As a young teen in the late 70's- early 80's, I thought the Ramones were so cool with their 2 minute songs and attitude, as opposed to ten minute drum solos that bands like Rush and Blue Oyster Cult were doing at that time.
Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone is short and direct, just like a Ramones song. It features Johnny Ramone's take on how the band formed, who was cool to hang with at CBGB's and how to make money. Money is a prominent piece of the Ramones pie and Johnny was very interested in making as much as he could!
Johnny Ramone comes across as a very arrogant jerk at times, but he admits being so himself, so I gotta give the guy a pass. The book features tons of photos, many never before published. At the end, we get an album by album commentary from Johnny (He thinks Rocket to Russia was the best Ramones album and the worst being either Brain Drain or Mondo Bizarro). There are also a number of top ten lists like Favorite Horror Films (Bride of Frankenstein--which is also my fave!) and Best Ballplayers of the Eighties (Robin Yount makes #7).
Johnny Ramone died of prostate cancer in 2004 after the Ramones were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Johnny was one of my favorite guitarists growing up and this book brought back some great memories of watching Johnny rock out live. I'm lucky I got to see him play live as many times as I did.
Hey Ho, Let's Go read this book!
Dan @ Central