on 25 January 2015
Bought this thinking it was a book about the first album by RAMONES - it is not. For more than the first half of the book the professor of English waffles on about the social changes in the USA and England, particularly from the 1960s to the mid 70s - BORING! If i wanted a book on that subject i would have bought it, instead of this. The book on MADNESS from the same series that i had read prior to this was exceptional and ticked all the right boxes. It detailed how their first album was recorded and what inspired each song etc. This one only has about 20 pages that are actually dedicated to the RAMONES first album (in which he compares running times of the original demos to the album versions) - YAWN! A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. They guy obviously thinks he's clever but seemingly failed to grasp fully what the subject of this book SHOULD have been about and instead makes up the books contents by stealing lengthy passages from other people's work, books and magazine articles and rambling on about 'were the Ramones serious oe were they being ironic'? Who cares? The Ramones were more about having fun, you idiot! He then goes on at length about the political sygnificance of punk and the Ramones. The Ramones were about as heavyweight politically as pond scum. I finished the book by throwing it hard at the floor so all the pages got damaged before chucking it in the bin. I was that annoyed by it.
on 5 July 2006
I have read a couple of these little Continuum books (Exile On Main Street, Kick Out The Jams, Pet Sounds) but "Ramones" rather lets the side down. Whereas the others crackle with the excitement of having been there at the time (alebit at a distance in some cases) Nicholas Rombes didn't hear the Ramones until years after the culture shock of their first album. It's a worthy study and there are some interesting factoids but once you've read the extract on the back cover you've read his most impassioned prose and all that awaits you inside is a worthy but ultimately dull sociology essay. If I were unkind I'd say it was almost something of an achievement to make a book about the Ramones so unexciting. Hey, ho, let's go...