Marky Ramone is set to release an autobiography called Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As a Ramone. The above link is a section of the book that has posted at Rolling Stone Magazine. I learned how to play and write my own songs by listening to the Ramones when I was a kid, long before I could learn or figure out anyone else’s. I was probably around 12 or 13 at the time.
The book itself, if this excerpt is anything to go by, seems like it will be an entertaining read, to put it mildly. Here is a paragraph where the Ramones first meet Phil Spector, who happens to be sitting with Al Lewis, who plays Grandpa on The Munsters:
Grandpa Al was more than a left-winger. He was an eccentric and one with a delusion here and there. He told us he served on the legal defense team of the 1920s anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti. There was no doubt Grandpa would have if he could have, but he was about eleven years old at the time—or an infant, depending upon which birth date you believed. He also informed us that in the sixties he met Charles Manson, who babysat his sons. “He was a gentleman!” Grandpa said. Hearing this, Dee Dee started talking about his own sons, who didn’t even exist, and about his fictional days fighting the Vietcong. Someone should have grabbed a tape recorder, because this was an album.