Poisoned Heart by Vera Ramone King
I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



With more than 50 never-before-published photos of The Ramones.

Often regarded as the first punk-rock group ever, named one of Rolling Stone magazine's Top 50 Bands of All Time, with all members having been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Ramones are nothing if not legendary. Waking up the neighbors and setting the U.S. music scene on fire in the 1970s and through the '80s, The Ramones' story is tragic and raw, sentiments that could also describe the band's songwriter, bass player, and unsung genius, Dee Dee. A wild ride into the heart and soul of New York City, Poisoned Heart is Vera Ramones King's last testament to her former husband, who shocked the world when he died in 2002 of a drug overdose despite having been clean for years.

Dee Dee defined the punk-rock lifestyle. He was a rash, often violent heroin addict, and no one better understood his twisted mentality, or insanity, than faithful wife Vera. But Vera, herself a less destructive Nancy to Dee Dee's Sid also came to know the Dee Dee that music fans worldwide held near and dear: a generous, loving man who had a soft spot for bums, who grew up in the tough streets of Queens, who never stopped working, writing, and performing, who often treated his wife like a Punk Rock Princess, and whose greatest joy was the look on his fans' faces as he played them a song.

For true fans of The Ramones, those who remember the 1970s as a time of music innovation and inspired creativity, groupies, wannabes, and true music-lovers everywhere, Poisoned Heart is destined to become a literary -- and rock -- classic.

About Vera Ramone King

See more books from this Author
Vera Ramone King was married to the legendary punk rocker and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Dee Dee Ramone of The Ramones, from 1978-1995. Vera toured extensively with The Ramones, living the punk era firsthand.
Published January 1, 2009 by Ingram Pub Services. 167 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Poisoned Heart

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

With an over-reliance on exclamation and cliché, but a proper dose of attitude, King pulls back the curtain on her life with Dee Dee Ramone (1951-2002), founding bassist of the first punk rock band and ""the baddest and loudest boy in the room."" Born Douglas Colvin, King's Dee Dee is a creature ...

| Read Full Review of Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee...

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

by Doug Hunter+ view more fresh comments most comments Most comments in 24hrs Highways and Roads in a Free Society by Kenn Jacobine (15 comments) An Inquiry Into the Human Prospect: an Overview, Part One by Roger Nowosielski (13 comments) Unnecessary Pap Smears by bookofjoe (12 com...

May 30 2009 | Read Full Review of Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee...

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

It’s just amazing to me.”I’m talking to Vera Ramone King on the eve of the release of her autobiographical book Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (the Ramones Years) and asked her if she’d ever in her wildest dreams think about the effect the band would have on music in the future.

May 30 2009 | Read Full Review of Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee...

Reader Rating for Poisoned Heart

An aggregated and normalized score based on 57 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review