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2.02.05

 

END OF THE CENTURY: DOCUMENTARY ON PUBLIC TELEVISION

U.S. Broadcast premiere Tuesday, April 26 at 10 p.m. on PBS

(90 minutes)

PBS Web site launch April 19, 2005
www.pbs.org/independentlens/endofthecentury 

In 1974, a new sound hit New York Cityís underground music scene: a quartet of unlikely rock stars called The Ramones. END OF THE CENTURY follows these punk progenitors through more than two decades of touring, recording and bickering, from their shared childhood in Queens to their 2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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( www.pbs.org/independentlens/endofthecentury ) and come back to find out more about The Ramones. View the bandís discography, read an interview with the filmmakers and share your thoughts online. (LIFTED REPRINT FROM PBS SITE) - gAbBa GabBA HeY!

 


RHINO RECORDS

 

END OF THE CENTURY:

The Story of the Ramones

DVD - RELEASE 3/15/05

Here it is, the anticipated Ramones documentary that made its theatrical debut in August 2004. End Of The Century moves from the band's CBGB and London heydays, the decade-long silence between Joey and Johnny caused by a dispute over a girl, through to the deaths of Joey and Dee Dee Ramone and their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2002. Together with unseen live and studio footage, extensive interviews with ex-band mates, family, friends and figures from New York City's punk scene, End Of The Century not only chronicles an important chapter in music history, but also the bonds of childhood friendship and their gradual breakdown.


 

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UK Release by Tartan Films on January 7th 2005 Running Time: 112 minutes

 

WINNER Best Debut Feature

Raindance 2004

Tartan Films are proud to announce to the release of Ramones: End Of The Century


   

 

NEW DVD - FALL 2004

RAMONES MOVIE # 2

RAMONES RAW
Release Date:

September 2004

 

 

 

 

 

KEEP IT RAW

WITH

THE RAMONES

 

GABBA GABBA HEY!

 
11/11/04

Update: Review

RAMONES RAW ROX!

This is one fun rock and roll video!

If I never knew anything about this band I would say life was "a barrel of laughs" on the road.

Even though we know otherwise, this video seems to be able to celebrate the good times for the RAMONES on the road. Much of it consists of the fans running at the them, near them, by them or anywhere they were, like mad zombies. I love it!

Touring Touring is Never Boring...we see the band in clip after clip of personal situations and acting like regular guys as well. Really good stuff although the quality is lacking. Mostly VHS stuff converted.

The concert footage is good quality and the DVD "extras" feature an excellent live performance of the RAMONES live In Italy, in it's entirety.

Get this DVD and enjoy the ride around the globe with the RAMONES. touring touring is never boring.

RAW Home Video Footage by Marky Ramone

RAW Directed By John Cafiero

 

7/04/04 - BMG UK announced the upcoming DVD release of "Ramones Raw"!

 

It's an all new special edition DVD containing hours of rare footage of the Ramones history making journey through rock circa 1979-1996, and...with Marky Ramone as Executive Producer.

 

With a Hi-8 video camera always in-hand for the last eight years of the band's touring, Marky got it all on tape! The DVD set also includes quality vintage concert footage shot in '80, nearly forgotten about for over 20 years, countless memorable moments from the band's years on the road, more rare TV stuff, backstage footage and lots more classic home footage.

 

Celebrity appearances include Drew Barrymore, Carly Simon, Gilbert Gottfried, 'Grandpa' Al Lewis (of "the Munsters"), Bono & U2 and Debbie Harry & Chris Stein of Blondie.

 

The DVD also includes a performance by guitarist Robbie Krieger of the Doors, playing "Take It As It Comes" live with the Ramones at the Hollywood Palladium in October 1992, touted by Johnny Ramone as 'one of the highlights of my career.'
 

More rarities will include an audio commentary with Johnny Ramone, Marky Ramone and John Cafiero, eighteen deleted scenes, nine tv appearances, a twenty-seven minute feature entitled I Ramones' Live In Italy and twelve eastereggs.

 

WE GOT THE AIRWAVES!

 


 

SHOWTIMES

these dates and times are subject to change.

the film is slated to be in 22 cities by mid-October,

so check back here (or your local listings) for updates

8/20/04
Angelika Film Center, Manhattan, NY

8/27/04
Landmark Act 1&2 Cinemas, Berkeley, CA

8/27/04
Landmark Lumiere 3, San Francisco, CA

9/03/04
Landmark Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

9/10/04
Landmark Nuart Theater, Los Angeles, CA

9/17/04
Landmark E-Street Cinema, Washington, DC

10/08/04
Starz Film Center, Denver, CO

10/29/04
Landmark Varsity Theater, Seattle, WA

 

SEE THIS MOVIE!

 

 

Finally it's here...

Go down to the basement,

go to 53rd and 3rd,

go to Bitburg,

 

I don't care, just go and

 

SEE THIS FILM!!!

 

June 2004

 

 


 

REVIEW revised

THE TRUTH IS OUT! OR IS IT?

2003 DOCUMENTARY: END OF THE CENTURY

Looming large throughout this documentary is Johnny Ramone.  The movie starts dark and ends even darker, which I must admit, caught me off guard.  I guess I expected another glossy "tribute", with the traditional slobbering of musicians gushing about the band. Not here.

The Ramones have been largely built on chaos as we have come to know. Whether it was the chaos of the times, the music industry, or personal demons, this band was not without much high drama internally as well.

The usual suspects are here, like Arturo Vega, who features prominently in the whole story, Danny Fields, long time road manager Monte Melnick, Seymour Stein of Sire etc., but In this newer perspective, we come to learn more about how the Ramones felt about "the Ramones".

Most of it seems brutally honest, almost to a fault. I almost did not want to hear some of these things said publicly. Johnny Ramone is the big heavy here, coming off as a tough-ass on everyone. Tommy Ramone, the anti-John, leads everyone through a pretty cool "drive-by" in Forest Hills, Queens to see a piece of their childhood and neighborhood. We then follow the story on to to local small gigs, finding CB's, the triumph of London and more disappointments returning to small gigs in the u.s.a.

The Late GREAT Dee Dee Ramone never disappoints as usual. He stutters once, when asked directly about what happened to him on 53rd and 3rd. Classic! Hahahah. He goes on to reveal his deepest thoughts on his career and his band mates.

Ritchie Ramone even makes a cameo to throw in his two cents on the band overstaying their welcome on the music scene. Oh, and Clemmy Ramone even pops by! Hahahahah. The whole sick family.

C.J. Ramone talks openly here and even blasts Johnny Ramone on pushing Joey's health to the point of pre-meditated homicide!!! Awesome shit! Wow! You get the feeling watching C.J. that being a Ramone was definitely a double edged blade for him. He beams with pride on his "being a Ramone", but squirms when confronted with what he witnessed, and the many directions he got pulled in by the players in this band.

Marky Ramone of course, gives his take on the whole ball of wax, warts and all. But he was so busy protecting his job though for so many years, that you really can't trust his perspective here. He does too much posturing not to piss of Johnny I feel, as is customary for him. (As opposed to C.J. who does not) -

The true star by the end, although you don't get to see him talk ever, is Joey Ramone. This movie slowly builds to a crescendo on two key aspects of the band:

1) Joey's loss of his girlfriend to Johnny, who married her - and what dynamic that created musically or otherwise to the future of the band- WOW!!! Fucked up!

2) The second point I got was that for this great band, the show must go on! regardless of the behind-the -scenes hatred or manipulations each band member was involved in, we saw the bond in this film. I never said it was a healthy bond, but there's an undeniable bond of these musicians to the organization, the legend and the mystique of the band called "THE RAMONES". This is real.

- James


Photo below: Joey with "then girlfriend" Linda.

(Pre-Johnny Robbery)

We never see her in the documentary either, but she is heard talking to Johnny in one scene about Joey. The question posed to her by Johnny, as asked by the interviewer? "Johnny-was there some undercurrent/problems about "a girl" and you and Joey? John attempts to deflect it to Linda to avoid answering this directly and honestly. Linda never confirms the viewers suspicion though, that she was the girl.

Our Yoko, sort-of...


Hell, I didn't make this dark story  - I just saw it and now reviewed it.

more news coming...

 

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