Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone
by Johnny Ramone Author
Johnny Ramone pulls fewer punches on these pages than he did in real life. In a fascinating reveal, he pulls back the curtain to show you how he was dominated and experienced violence. We are left to imply that this is what made him the person that he was. He claims to have thrown rocks at the Beatles out of just wanting something to do, beating up Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren for talking to his date, and punching Joey for being late to the movies. While it's clear that Johnny still (truly?) believes that the Ramones were the greatest and most talented band ever to grace a stage, he explains his views on how little work he wanted to put into that. He disses notable peers and the early days of his own band. Johnny illuminates his marriage to Linda, whom he allegedly stole from Joey, in what End of the Century depicts as the inspiration for "The KKK Took My Baby Away." Calling it "brutally honest and candid," is always underselling Johnny Ramone, who sets a new bar for those words.
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