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The Tragic Real-life Story of the Ramones

In the 1970s, four New York guys reinvented rock ‘n’ roll by stripping it down to its basics, making it faster, and adding in attitude, apathy, and matching stage names. They became the Ramones: Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Tommy, one of the most influential and important rock bands of all time, and the great American punk band.

The Ramones live at CBGB in 1976.

The list of their contributions to the pure rock ‘n’ roll songbook is long and full of short, kicky, simple songs of youthful dissent and dissatisfaction, like “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Sheena is a Punk Rocker,” “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Judy is a Punk,” “Teenage Lobotomy,” and more, all the way up until 1996.

The Ramones weren’t really brothers, but they shared the name and a mission, as did the many other musicians who came into and out of the band over the years. All the same, their history is full of more heartbreak and tragedy than the average family saga. So hey ho, let’s go, and delve into the tragic real-life story of the Ramones… read more >

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