I Slept With Joey Ramone

I Slept With Joey Ramone

A Family Memoir

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"BLITZKRIEG BOP." "ROCKAWAY BEACH.""I WANNA BE SEDATED." "SHEENA IS A PUNK ROCKER.""ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL."When the Ramones recorded their debut album in 1976, it heralded the true birth of punk rock. Fast and frenetic in their leather jackets and torn jeans, the Ramones gave voice to the disaffected youth of the seventies and eighties, influenced countless bands, and inspired the counterculture for decades to come.Born Jeffry Hyman of Queens, New York, Joey Ramone was the quirky, extraordinary lead singer and cofounder of the band. Hiding his face behind signature sunglasses and a mop of dark hair, he helped define punk's early image, and his two-decade-plus tenure as the Ramones' front man made him unforgettable. Told by Joey's brother, Mickey Leigh,I Slept with Joey Ramoneprovides an intimate look at the turbulent life of one of America's greatest -- and unlikeliest -- music icons.With honesty, humor, and grace, Mickey shares the fascinating, sometimes troubling story of growing up with an emotionally distressed brother who becomes a rock star and the effect it had on their family. He shows how Joey used music to cope with mental illness; embraced the glam nightlife of the New York scene; launched CBGB alongside bands like the Talking Heads and Blondie; and brought punk to Britain, clashing with the Sex Pistols and changing music history.Ultimately, betrayal and infighting would end the band. While the music lives on for new generations to discover,I Slept with Joey Ramone is the enduring portrait of a man who struggled to find his voice and of the brother who loved him.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780743252164
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 R147L
Characteristics: 404p. : ill
Additional Contributors: McNeil, Legs


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CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Mickey Leigh’s book is much more positive than Dee Dee’s, possibly because Leigh has always been grounded by a strong work ethic without having to succumb to the distractions of fame. He tries his best to see his brother’s side of the story and eventually they do find reconciliation. Legs McNeil, editor of the quintessential account of 1970’s New York punk Please Kill Me, further helps Mickey organize fifty years of memories into a heartfelt story of fighting and forgiveness.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/slept_joey_ramone_leigh

May 08, 2012

A good read. Depressing when you think of how this hugely influentional band was a commercial failure and how poorly they co-existed.A worthwhile read for any fan although it makes me wonder why other musicians wanted anything to do with Johnny.

Jul 06, 2011

Wherein it is revealed that Joey Ramone had a number of mental health issues (most importantly obsessive compulsive disorder) and Johnny Ramone was a huge asshole. I knew they didn’t get along too well but it turns out that they didn’t speak for the last 5 or 10 years the band was together. This book tells the sad story of how little commercial success the band achieved, despite the fact that they were hugely influential. Author (and Joey’s brother) Mickey Leigh comes across as a bit of a self-serving whiner.

I think you would want to be a Ramones fan, or at least a serious music fan, before picking this up. I can’t imagine it has much interest for the “average” person. I enjoyed it.

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