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Ramones. An American Band. (Signed by all 4 Ramones)

Bessman, Jim

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ISBN 10: 0312093691 / ISBN 13: 9780312093693
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, 1993, New York City,, 1993
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Signed byJoey Ramone, lead singer. Johnny Ramone, lead guitarist.CJ Ramone, bassist. Marky Ramone, drummer and the author Jim Bessman and rare thus. Black illustrtaed wrappers. No hard cover edition issued. The only band that mattered. Bookseller Inventory # 002071

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Title: Ramones. An American Band. (Signed by all 4 ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York, 1993, New York City,

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Wrappers

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The authorized story of an American band who shaped the history of music for generations. Today's new music-makers are looking back at the bands that broke the ground, and the Ramones are it: the original high priests of punk, the stars of rock 'n roll high school, the royal avatars of rock, raunch, and rebellion. 60 photographs and illustrations.

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Music journalist Bessman's closeness to his subject--he is a good friend of the members of the Ramones--has both positive and negative effects on his authorized history of this seminal American band, famous for knowing only three chords and for playing everything as fast as possible. Bessman has great access to details such as the Ramones's mistrust of the Talking Heads--"a bunch of intellectuals"--with whom they toured Europe. But it also means that he sometimes misses the ironies and inconsistencies in their behavior, like the fact that members of a band whose lyrics include the infamous line "Well I'm a Nazi, schatzi, you know, I fight for the fatherland" claimed that their work had no political content. The "four guys from Queens" who formed the original group in 1974 seem to have been truly without pretensions, which makes Bessman's overheated interpretation of their achingly simple lyrics just silly. Bessman's theory is that the Ramones were always poised on the brink of stardom but missed out due to the mistakes of others, i.e., the release of one of their best-known songs, Rockaway Beach , during the winter and the poor distribution of their only film, Rock 'n' Roll High School. Photos.
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