Poison Heart: Surviving the Ramones (Music)

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Poison Heart is Dee Dee Ramone's perspective on 15 years of touring with the band. It is a harrowing tale, both tragic and comic, littered with many of the colorful characters who made up the New York punk scene.

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The Ramones were America's first commercially successful punk band, and Dee Dee Ramone's book is like the Ramones' music: fast, to the point, and gloriously superficial. The Ramones' superficiality was not, however, hypocritical, and this book is a celebration of surface as substance. Dee Dee's verbal style is rudimentary, but the details he provides on the inner workings of the band that gave us "Blitzkrieg Bop" are going to be appreciated by fans and obsessives, anyway, and the tidbits of inside dirt on band members will be, too. It is at least interesting, for instance, that Johnny Ramone was a Reaganaut who objected to the song title "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg," so that the band subsequently called it "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down" on the album Animal Boy. Dee Dee and Joey fought for the original title to appear on the single, though, and "for once we won," Dee Dee reports--so this little romp is inspirational as well as informative! Mike Tribby

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