I Slept With Joey Ramone

I Slept With Joey Ramone Review

When the Ramones recorded their debut album in 1976, it heralded the true birth of punk rock. Fast and frenetic in their leather jackets and torn jeans, the Ramones gave voice to the disaffected youth of the seventies and eighties, influenced countless bands, and inspired the counterculture for decades to come. Born Jeffry Hyman of Queens, New York, Joey Ramone was the quirky, extraordinary lead singer and cofounder of the band. Hiding his face behind signature sunglasses and a mop of dark hair, he helped define punk's early image, and his two-decade-plus tenure as the Ramones' front man made him unforgettable. Told by Joey's brother, Mickey Leigh, "I Slept with Joey Ramone" provides an intimate look at the turbulent life of one of America's greatest -- and unlikeliest -- music icons.

With honesty, humor, and grace, Mickey shares the fascinating, sometimes troubling story of growing up with an emotionally distressed brother who becomes a rock star and the effect it had on their family. He shows how Joey used music to cope with mental illness; embraced the glam nightlife of the New York scene; launched CBGB alongside bands like the Talking Heads and Blondie; and brought punk to Britain, clashing with the Sex Pistols and changing music history.

Ultimately, betrayal and infighting would end the band. While the music lives on for new generations to discover, "I Slept with Joey Ramone" is the enduring portrait of a man who struggled to find his voice and of the brother who loved him.

Title:I Slept With Joey Ramone
Edition Language:English

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  • SarahJayn

    As far as reading this book, I honestly wish I hadn't. If I hadn't, I could still cling to some of the more romantic notions I had about Joey Ramone . . . and The Ramones in general. Sure, I'd heard t...

  • Xixi

    What I learned from this book:Sure SUCKS to be Joey Ramone's brother. Not only do you get shit on repeatedly by your more famous and troubled older sibling, but your enormous load of potential and tal...

  • Connie  Kuntz

    When I think about what rock-n-roll "means" to me, I go blank. I feel like I should think of sex, drugs, booze, cigarettes, Fashion Week, you know, Rock-N-Roll (!), but I don't. Nope. I just go blank....

  • Michael Jandrok

    The Ramones stand as one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Coalescing in 1974, they came around at an era when rock music had stagnated into noodling solos and a lot of folks riding hors...

  • Dr. Detroit

    I’d be hard pressed – particularly after a few bottles of suds – to name my favorite band of all time, but the Ramones are always lurking at or near the top of the short list. No one’s life or...

  • Josh Bayer

    I first encountered this book when my brother tossed it my way saying he didn't want it but i thought It was cool, down to earth and intensively interesting. maybe you must come from the same sort of ...

  • Nestor Rychtyckyj

    Along with Johnny Ramones autobiograohy, the Joey Ramone memoir writtne by Mickey Leigh (Joey's brother) and Legs McNeil (of Please Kill Ne and Punk magazine) is essential to trying to understand the ...

  • Susie

    Started 2/23/10.Finished 3/3/10.First of all, I was never a HUGE Ramones fan. I like the Ramones and I have a shit-ton of respect for what they accomplished in breaking new ground and really establish...

  • Amy Hasenbein

    gosh, while this book was a decent read, it felt like i was reading the whinings of a resentful little brother who never made it. this was a fear of mine going into the book but thought it might have ...

  • Natalie

    a few things:If you're a hardcore Ramones fan (like myself), be prepared to cry. ALOT. If you just start reading it, keep reading, don't stop, read all the thank you's in the back, read the print info...