Drummer Marky Ramone Recounts His Personal ‘Punk Rock Blitzkrieg’ In New Autobiography

Though relegated to being a cult band during their time together on this Earth, few bands can claim to have had as great an influence on rock n’ roll music as Forest Hills finest, the Ramones. Their 1976 debut album effectively launched the punk rock explosion, both in their native New York City and in the U.K., where their distorted, three-chord buzzsaw anthems inspired first wave English punkers like The Clash and Damned. Joining in time for the band’s monumental fourth album Road to Ruin, drummer Marky Ramone was there for the band’s heyday and was the band’s longest serving drummer, after having played with Brooklyn proto-metal band Dust and seminal CBGB’s mainstays Richard Hell and The Voidoids. His new autobiography Punk Rock Blitzkrieg chronicles a life in music, from being a teenage rock n’ roll fan in the ‘60s to touring the world with brothers Ramone. It’s an essential read for fans of rock in its purest essence and Marky talked to his about his motivations for the book, the Ramones worldwide legacy and his future plans.

VH1: What made you want to write an autobiography?

Marky Ramone: Good question. I read all the other books and a lot of them were definitely over exaggerated. Some of the people weren’t even around the inner circle. Joey’s book, the author wasn’t there. I think he was a roadie for six months when the band started out before Johnny (Ramone, guitarist) fired him. Johnny’s book, unfortunately he couldn’t complete because he was too ill. His wife Linda completed it. (Ramones road manager) Monty Melnick’s book is very good. There’s a lot of quotes and people I’ve never heard of who had nothing to do with the Ramones but had opinions and a critique of what they thought of the band.

So here I am; I was in the band 15 years, doing 17,000 shows, 9 studio albums. The book is extremely legitimate, informative and thick. It has everything; my audition for the New York Dolls, playing with Wayne County and Richard Hell, touring with The Clash, the making of the movie Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, how I grew up, the usual thing. My father told me something, he said “You have to live with it.” Everything in there is the truth.

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