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Excerpted from The Ramones' Ramones (33 1/3)
by NICHOLAS ROMBES.
When I sat down to write about the album’s opening song,
"Blitzkrieg Bop," my first line was "This is the best
opening song to any rock album." Then I decided that
sounded too creepily fanatic and more than a little
disingenuous, since I haven't heard every rock album
ever made, and I took it out. But then I went downstairs
to the turntable and played it and midway through ran
back upstairs and put the line back in even before the
screensaver clicked in. Here’s why: "Blitzkrieg Bop"
succeeds not only as a song in its own right, but also
as a promise kept. The songs that follow live up to the
speed, humor, menace, absurdity, and mystery of that
first song, whose opening lines "Hey ho, let's go" offer
not so much a warning as an invitation to the listener,
an invitation and a threat that the song isn’t a fluke
or a one-off, but that it sets the stage for an entire
album that will be fast and loud.
About the Author
Nicholas Rombes is an associate professor of English at
the University of Detroit Mercy, where he teaches and
writes about film, music, and pop culture. His writing
has appeared in a range of publications, including
Exquisite Corpse and McSweeney’s online. He is also the
editor of the forthcoming book New Punk Cinema.
Published by Continuum International Publishing Group -
a short story:
Punk Then and Now by Joey Ramone
One of rock's true believers, Joey
Ramone has spent two decades
fronting in New York punk institution
A Reprint from the Rolling Stone book
Contributed to the site by "Ziggy
Photo by Vinny Aquafredda
On The Road with the Ramones
by Monte A. Melnick
COVER ART BY
"On The Road with the Ramones" -
As the band's
tour manger from their CBGB debut on 16 August 1974 to their final
show in Los Angeles on 6 August 1996, Monte A. Melnick saw it all:
the arrests, the ODs, the fights, the breakups, the make-ups, the
girlfriends, the hotels and the binges. Monte was indeed the
fifth Ramone (or 9th?).
The Road With The Ramones is his story in his words.
The book is out- A
Known as much for their trademark leather jackets, torn jeans and
dirty T-shirts as
their unique sound and brilliant yet hilariously
simple songs, The Ramones were an undeniable force. As pioneers of
punk and Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers, at the peak of their 2,263
live-show career they were arguably the greatest band on the
Yet for all their influence and infamy, the band never had a
breakthrough hit, were hardly embraced by radio or MTV and failed
to be accepted by mainstream audiences until years after their
While their road-dog mentality and fierce live shows
garnered them a legion of faithful fans, the band paid a heavy
price, both physically and emotionally.
Monte A. Melnick saw it all: the arrests, the ODs, the fights, the
breakups, the make-ups, the girlfriends, the hotels and the binges.
As the band's tour manger from their CBGB debut on 16 August 1974
to their final show in Los Angeles on 6 August 1996, Monte was
indeed the fifth Ramone. On The Road With The Ramones is his story.
About the author: Monte A. Melnick toured with The Ramones for 22
years as their Tour Manager and is now working as the Audio
Visual Associate at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing
Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, NY.
Frank Meyer has served on the editorial staff of KNAC.com, AVN
magazine, AVN Online magazine and POPsmear magazine, and
contributes to Bizarre magazine, Launch.com, New Times and LA
Weekly and is a musician (The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs and Sweet
Front cover art - John Holmstrom.
Paperback: 304 pages
Publishing; (November 2003)
"On The Road With The Ramones" Book Signing!
*** Wednesday, December 17th - 6:30 PM ***
Virgin Megastore Union Square
52 East 14th Street at Broadway
New York, NY 10003
Monte A. Melnick (Author) , Frank Meyer, Tommy Ramone, CJ Ramone and John Holmstrom will be there!
This is a classic opportunity to hang with the living architects of PuNk as we know it ~ Zippy
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