Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone

Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone Review

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

Title:Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone
Edition Language:English

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  • Jason McNamara

    Right away Johnny Ramone wants you to be aware of an important fact about him. He's a fucking asshole. He makes a great point to detail why he's such a bastard and by the end of the book I'm ready to ...

  • Mike

    I considered it an act of Divine Providence that propped up on a shelf for the entire world and I to see “Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone”.The Ramones: Rock n’ Roll’s fast and fur...

  • Caryn Rose

    I hated it, and then I liked it, and then I loved it. I have read pretty much everything that has been written by or about the Ramones, and was dreading this book. It's not pretty and it's not polishe...

  • Tamelyn Feinstein

    I had to laugh at the media reviews above which speak of Ramone's book as being "delightful" and "charming". Um, no. It's a fast-paced, energetic read, but there is nothing here that changed my previo...

  • Brendan

    The conventional wisdom on the Ramones is that Johnny was an asshole, a heartless fascist who kept the trains running on time. Johnny's autobiography pretty much confirms this. So: Johnny established ...

  • Alan Hamilton

    What a fantastic book!Just like a Ramones song, it is fast, no nonsense and brutally blunt.Johnny described himself as unique, a legend and always right and the latter characteristic comes through lou...

  • Randy

    I read Joey's, I've read all of Dee Dee's now Johnny sheds light on his life and his time in the business. I've always been a fan and they will always be my favorite group of all time! Thanks for bein...

  • Carolina Morales

    I never thought I would say this but Johnny Ramone was a huge loss to the Rock'n'Roll World. The man was just a piece of work indeed... However, he was straight foward, racional and labour oriented, t...

  • Nestor Rychtyckyj

    I've pretty much read all of the books on the Ramones and this, along with "I Slept with Joey Ramone" are the essential cornerstones of any Ramones library. Johnny died in 2004 and this book is based ...

  • Jim

    Ramones' songs were written as if timed to a machine gun: short, fast, to the point, and--in particular--loud. That was the beauty of their music. Johnny's autobiography is written in likewise fashion...