Dee Dee was the son of a US soldier stationed in Germany and married to a local lady (whose name Dee Dee cannot even be bothered to divulge). After a difficult childhood in Germany, Dee Dee ended up in the US with his German mother and his sister.
Allegedly, they moved to a NY suburb to escape his abusive father. However, most of what Dee Dee narrates sounds slightly "off" and very paranoid. A shy and an unlikable boy, Dee Dee was not popular with his peers. He hooked up with neighbours boys Johnny and Joey and they took advantage of the chaotic atmosphere of the mid 70's to create a band.
According to Dee Dee, they aimed at reproducing the simple sound of early rock'n roll and they sort of managed, even if none of them could actually play. Then came the usual curse for bands that start to "make it": internal disputes among the boys, fuelled by drugs and alcohol.
By his own admission Dee Dee had serious mental problems from an early age. Abuse of drugs just made his problems worse, developing the paranoid side of his personality and causing him to leave the band. Two thirds of the book are nothing but Dee Dee complaining about ex band members and anybody else who had the misfortune to cross his path, mixed with generic self-loathing and demeaning stories about drug abuse.
About the women in his life, Dee Dee spends only a few lines for Connie, who overdosed while working as a prostitute, even if she was supposed to be his soul mate. Nothing at all about his first wife Vera (which must have pleased her) and something about Barbara, mainly to underline that he hooked up with her when she still was a minor.
This type of narrative can be saved only by a strong prose and great literary style. Unfortunately, it is definitely not the case for this memoir, which is sloppily written and poorly edited. If anything, makes Dee Dee seem even a bigger as*****le than he must have been.