Commando by Johnny Ramone
The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone

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"Commando" reads more like a monologue than a book. Indeed, though it is rounded out with odds and ends...it covers much of the same ground as an interview Johnny gave for the documentary "End of the Century" (2003).
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Raised in Queens, New York, Johnny Ramone founded one of the most influential rock bands of all time, but he never strayed from his blue-collar roots and attitude. He was truly imbued with the angry-young-man spirit that would characterize his persona both on and off stage. Through it all, Johnny kept the band focused and moving forward, ultimately securing their place in music history by inventing punk rock. The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002—two years later, Johnny died of cancer, having outlived two other founding members. Revealing, inspiring, and told on his own terms, this highly designed memoir also features Johnny’s assessment of the Ramones’ albums; a number of eccentric Top Ten lists; rare historical artifacts; and scores of personal and professional photos, many of which have never before been published.

Praise for Commando:
“Amazing book . . . dense and throbbing with character—enough to bring this departed New York icon barking back to life.” —New York Daily News

"Johnny's delightful, sadly posthumous autobiography, Commando, is just like its author—as punk as it gets." —Wall Street Journal
“Ramone memoir reveals charming, grumpy punk icon.” —Reuters
“There's no grand confessional to end Commando, just a nod of gratitude toward family, friends, and fans. Its characteristic succinctness rings genuine.” —Austin Chronicle

 

About Johnny Ramone

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John Cummings (1948-2004), aka Johnny Ramone, was ranked by Rolling Stone as #16 on its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." In Time's rating of the "10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players," he was named, in a fit of appropriate rebellion, #11.
 
Published April 1, 2012 by Abrams Image. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Ken Kurson on Apr 20 2012

"Commando" reads more like a monologue than a book. Indeed, though it is rounded out with odds and ends...it covers much of the same ground as an interview Johnny gave for the documentary "End of the Century" (2003).

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Above average
Reviewed by Justin Go on Jun 08 2012

But for fans, it’s a relief to read that the punk icon left this world a less angry person.

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Reviewed by Justin Go on Jun 08 2012

When addressing other issues later in life, such as Joey’s death in 2001 (“He was irreplaceable, no matter what a pain he was”), there is a kinder, humbler and even goofier Johnny Ramone...for fans, it’s a relief to read that the punk icon left this world a less angry person.

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