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Poison Heart: Surviving the Ramones Paperback – 21 Aug 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Helter Skelter Publishing; 3rd edition (21 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905139187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905139187
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Revised and updated, "Poison Heart" takes the reader on a breakneck tour from a dysfunctional childhood, heroin, punk rock and the heyday of The Ramones to internal wrangling, gruelling tours and methadone clinics. Along the way, Johnny Thunders and Stiv Bators succumb to their addictions, Dee Dee's own girlfriend overdoses, Sid Vicious shoots up with toilet water, and Phil Spector holds the band at gun-point in his Beverly Hills mansion. This is a gripping story from the now sadly deceased Ramone. Hey! Ho! Lets Go!


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what would you rather have? a slick, ghost written run through of events, or the direct hand-written honest memories of a drug and booze addled individual, who, in his spare time, wrote some of the most crucial, original songs in the history of popular music. i know which camp i'm in, but for the full intensely sad story of the ramones, further reading is definitely required. it'a saga that grows with each subsequent account, but this is absolutely dee dee's corner, and written as the act of laying down a marker.
dee dee ramone must be the ultimate enigma in the field of music. he came up with knockout tunes, but had to be shown how to play them, he boiled the art of lyric writing down to base level (i wanna/i don't wanna/like this/don't like that), which was exactly the context the songs required - and he wrote them almost exclusively for someone else (joey, obviously) to sing. no mean feat. but at the same time couldn't cope with the simple lines given to him for the film 'rock 'n' roll high school', his entire contribution - 'yeah! pizza!'. a dumb genius?
i had previously read and enjoyed dee dee's 'legend of a rock star' (vera ramone king's 'poisoned heart' also, but that's another angle to the story), so was familiar with his writing style. yes, basic, clumsy, grammatically all over the place, but also forthright and honest in a car crash style. this gives a far greater impression of the man than any 'assisted' auto/biography could, and to that, it's as good a read as any rock memoir.
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If it's a forensic history of The Ramones you're after, this is not the book for you. Poison Heart is a rambling, naive and charming "account" of Dee Dee's time in the band and thereafter - it ends, heartbreakingly, with his declaration that he is now clean and drug free. Dee Dee (or Douglas) writes (literally - apparently the book was handwritten) in an almost childlike style, but details the most sordid depths of depravity to which ill-educated drug addicts can sink. He never tries to justify himself or his lifestyle, but he's reasonably unapologetic for it too. His gauche writing style contrasts with the subject matter, and you realise that here was an overgrown adolescent who never had the social skills to deal with sudden fame and wealth. Reading how these four friends (plus others) ultmately ended up not being able to stand each other when they were capable of such wonderful music is terribly sad.
Highly recommended, but for a factual history, look elsewhere.
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Dee Dee skips most of the albums and even forget to mention that Richie Ramone and not Marky Ramone plays on Animal Boy. There is little joy and the whole book reads like one big bad drugs trip. Still, it's pure and if you read other books about The Ramones you can see the whole picture. This was one of the most unuasal bands in history, but at the same time the didn't realise that one day they would be counted as one of the greatest bands as well. A must read for Ramones fans, althought i recommend to also read "Commando"(Johnny Ramone's side of the story) and "I Slept With Joey Ramone" (although Joey's brother kindda try to sell his own "story' it gives a good look into the person Joey Ramone was)
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By Bugleboy on 22 April 2012
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I really enjoyed reading Dee Dee's account of his turbulent life, in and out of the Ramones. I'm not sure how much is truth or fiction, but I'd recommend this to any Dee Dee/Ramones fans. Very entertaining read about a true rock n' roll life.
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