Poison Heart: Surviving the Ramones Paperback – 21 Aug 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Highly recommended, but for a factual history, look elsewhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read, a look into one of the best live bands everPublished 10 months ago by james e sanderson
It's an ok book, not everyone is an author and Dee Dee wrote some food tunes, the story jumps around a bit, I'm fascinated by the CBGB heyday scene so it was good to read..Published on 8 Oct. 2013 by Darren Smith