Friday, April 15, 2011

Remembering Joey Ramone

Joey Ramone, the gangly lead singer of one of the most influential punk bands, the Ramones, died ten years ago today after losing his battle with lymphatic cancer.

Of course the library has lots of material by the Ramones and about the Ramones.

A few highlights:

The Ramones, CD 23275
Their 1976 debut album that regularly turns up in lists of the greatest albums ever recorded. As Joey Ramone states in Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (ML3534 .P54 1996), the band recorded the album for $6,400 in a week at a time when superstar acts like Fleetwood Mac had recording budgets of half a million dollars and would spend years making an album. No wonder songs like "Blitzkrieg Bop" were hailed as a cleansing breath of fresh air compared to the bloated, rotting corpse of rock and roll at that time.

The Ramones: End of the Century, DVD 1593
It tells the story of the band but doesn't gloss over their difficult personalities.

Sleater-Kinney wrote a song in tribute to him, "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone," for their 1996 album Call the DoctorCD 15498

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