I Slept With Joey Ramone

I Slept With Joey Ramone

A Family Memoir

Book - 2009 | 1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
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A portrait of the lead singer and co-founder of The Ramones, written by his brother, describes his childhood in Queens, his efforts to combat mental illness through music, and the infighting and tragedies that ended the band's frenetic successes.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9780743252164
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 R175L
Characteristics: xii, 404 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: McNeil, Legs

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CRRL_CraigG 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

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nelson95
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.

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bobfrombob
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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