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Ramones: An American Band

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  312 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The authorized story of an American band who shaped the history of music for generations. Today's new music-makers are looking back at the bands that broke the ground, and the Ramones are it: the original high priests of punk, the stars of rock 'n roll high school, the royal avatars of rock, raunch, and rebellion. 60 photographs and illustrations.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 15th 1993 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1993)
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In 1995 Ben Weasel wrote a Maximum Rocknroll column about what was appropriate to wear as a punk, be it to a show or just to head out on errands. I won't give all of his rules, of which there are many, but the gist of them are that the only acceptable way to dress, if one must dress as a punk, is to dress like the Ramones. T-shirt, black leather jacket with no spikes and if pins must be attached then they have to be US pins on the collar, jeans, a sneakers, preferably Converse (this is before Ni ...more
If you don't know much about the Ramones this would be a good place to start learning, (this was my first Ramones book actually) but if you are a big Ramones fan you may find this book a bit disappointing in the fact that is not very thorough. Released in 1993, at 202 pages, it is not nearly as comprehensive as the excellent 2002 (reissued in 2005) book "Hey Ho Let's Go - The Story of the Ramones," written by Everett True, which comes in at 371 pages. See my review of that book here: http://www. ...more
Benjamin Duffy
I really enjoyed this book: it's a very well-written account of The Ramones' career, with tons of exclusive anecdotes and interviews with the band, their friends, family, and crew (the author knew the band and was able to get access to a lot of their inner circle). It's full of humor and it pulls no punches - it's not afraid to attribute to the Ramones the historical significance that is rightfully theirs, but at the same time it paints their personal flaws and professional and artistic missteps ...more
Davide Genco
Dettagliatissima ricostruzione che ripercorre la carriera della band attraverso i giudizi dei critici musicali dell'epoca e le testimonianze dei collaboratori. Il lavoro è nel complesso molto accurato e restituisce efficacemente l'idea "progettuale" che ha decretato l'influenza (perchè parlare di "successo" in termini commerciali non sarebbe appropriato) del suono dei Ramones e le motivazioni dietro ad ogni scelta artistica. Un percorso segnato in ogni sua tappa dalla tensione fra revival bubble ...more
After my delicate neuronal structure had been completely altered after hearing the first Ramones album,
I quickly grabbed this book at the library, the Edgewater branch, ahhhh, home, memories, reading this book in about 3 days,
The life of a 13 year old boy
Scott Holstad
Let me begin by saying I've liked the Ramones for a very long time. Since roughly 1980. And while I've enjoyed their music, I never thought they were musical geniuses or lyrical geniuses the way Lennon and McCartney were or even Trent Reznor. It was just fun, fast music. This book is about the music, but I'm downgrading it a couple of stars because the author thinks the Ramones are the world's greatest band, for all intents and purposes. He's a real fan boy. But since this is an authorized biogr ...more
Apr 19, 2012 Jeff rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one.
Recommended to Jeff by: Goodreads
I didn't actually finish this book. It was put together so horribly. It seemed as if the writer was so excited to write a book about The Ramones and getting to meet them that he put aside any education he had on writing and released this. The whole setup of the book was annoying; random pictures in the middle of pages, exclamation points at the end of every quoted Ramone sentence, run on sentences, changing subjects in the middle of sentences. This book was so promising, seeing as it was written ...more
An ok biography of my favorite band. I read this back in the late 90s before the Internet could provide us with endless content. I enjoyed learning more about my favorite band of all time, just wish the book had more information for me to soak up. Definitely worth the read if you're a fan, plenty of tidbits you won't hear elsewhere.
Killer book on the Ramones. Whilst going through my punk rock purist phase, I read this book cover to cover in a matter of days. The only reason I didn't read it in one sitting, is because of my desire to relish every word on every page.
Music historians must own this, or at least read it. Actually...
Read it or die.
Patrick Bair
Hey ho lets go! A punk bio of the greatest punk band ever to bleed on its guitar strings. Nice treatment of the Dee Dee issues. Could have been better only if it had been written later.
Mark Stalcup
A nice piece of work, generally, that falls short solely because it just misses the band's break-up, seemingly never-ending farewell tour, and the deaths of Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny which followed all too soon. An updated version of this is probably in the pipeline and would be welcome.
Matt 2D
If you are a fan of the Ramones, or just 1970's punk rock in general, this is the definite biography of Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Marky. From their early days playing at CBGB's, to the so-called end of their career, this book covers it all.
I liked the content a lot. The author did his research, was knowledgeable, and told some interesting stories. But it read like a really long newspaper article, had too many exclamation marks, and could have used an editor.
Lisette Bustamante
Dec 06, 2009 Lisette Bustamante is currently reading it
i just started to read this book and i am on page 12. So far they talk about the bands inspired them and how they meet each other.
An authorized book, so don't expect to read anything too juicy here. Recommended for young readers.
i think i stole this from someone, dont remember who, oh well, its mine now, Muhahhahahahhaa.
May 30, 2012 Chris added it
Terribly written.

There's such better punk books out there;
buy ANY of them instead.
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Awesome book! Awesome Band!
The story of a great band.
Reagan Ramone
THE American band
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