Commando - Johnny Ramone


By Johnny Ramone

  • Release Date: 2012-04-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Commando book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 67 Ratings)

Commando Johnny Ramone Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Raised in Queens, New York, Johnny Ramone founded one of the most influential rock bands of all time, but he never strayed from his blue-collar roots and attitude. He was truly imbued with the angry-young-man spirit that would characterize his persona both on and off stage. Through it all, Johnny kept the band focused and moving forward, ultimately securing their place in music history by inventing punk rock. The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002—two years later, Johnny died of cancer, having outlived two other founding members. Revealing, inspiring, and told on his own terms, this highly designed memoir also features Johnny’s assessment of the Ramones’ albums; a number of eccentric Top Ten lists; rare historical artifacts; and scores of personal and professional photos, many of which have never before been published.

Praise for Commando:
“Amazing book . . . dense and throbbing with character—enough to bring this departed New York icon barking back to life.” —New York Daily News

"Johnny's delightful, sadly posthumous autobiography, Commando, is just like its author—as punk as it gets." —Wall Street Journal
“Ramone memoir reveals charming, grumpy punk icon.” —Reuters
“There's no grand confessional to end Commando, just a nod of gratitude toward family, friends, and fans. Its characteristic succinctness rings genuine.” —Austin Chronicle

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  • PureSalem Guitars

    By PureSalem Guitars
    Johnny was such an amazing and influential guitarist … what he did he did better than anyone. The Ramones legacy is sealed as one of he most important AMERICAN Rock n roll bands. Along with The Velvet Underground no other American groups have had such a far reaching affect on shaping todays musical landscape. Their influence can be heard amongst todays bands. Johnny Ramone revels what life was like inside of the Ramones in a very honest and direct way. This was such a fantastic read that I did not want to put the book down. You coud always count on Johnny speaking his mind. He was the real deal.
  • Meh

    By wolfismad
    I could put up with Johnny Ramone's child like writing. I wish he could be somewhat deprecating but he clearly had little sense of humor about himself. So another arrogant rock star gets his say. But I don't think his simplistic writing does his simplistic guitar playing justice. Some stories are funny but not many. It sounds like it was hell being stuck on the road with these guys. Anyway it seems like this book lacked an editor to clean up the repetition and focus Johnny back to the presumably interesting guy whose relentless guitar chords and songs I will always love so much...
  • Short, direct, simple.

    By Soporifix
    Just like his playing. The big surprise: his favorite band was The Doors.
  • Commando

    By D.Coughlin
    This peek inside the mind of Johnny Ramones mind is everything I hoped it would be. I have been a rabid Ramones fan since I discovered them at age 10 in 1980. Johnny tells it like it was and gives the reader a glimpse of what is what like to be a ramone. Great, great , great!
  • I loved it. Great insight into one of Americas best and most stealthily influential bands.

    By BPolst1967
    A great read. Makes we wish I saw the live. Interesting insights to the behind the scenes activities. A Little surprising in how they dealt with fame and their desire for more. Enigmatic.
  • What a ride, hey ho, let's go

    By jonathanmiller
    I've always been a fan but after reading this book in 2 sittings, I want to be a bigger fan. Great story and great music.

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