Post by South-Punk Admin on Mar 4, 2010 13:04:16 GMT
Mickey Leigh's (Joey Ramone's Brother) book 'I Slept With Joey Ramone - A Family Memoir' is an excellent read and a must for any Ramones fan. I found the first half of the book very special, dealing as it does with Joey + Mickey's early life in Queens. It is fascinating as it provides detail on key influences that would help shape Joey's Rock 'n Roll vision. It's also a very inspirational book, as it shows all the obstacles that Joey had to overcome to reach the stage where he could become the lead singer of The Ramones. For anyone who has ever felt any sense of alienation, of being different, of understanding the tenderness of the individual versus the cruelty of the crowd, this book is recommended reading.
The second half of the book does change in tone though and enters darker spheres as the various well documented elements and events of the Ramones mid-late period occur, and I must say it would have been interesting to have heard Joey’s take on some of Mickey's perception of things. We also know how the story ends, but that is not to say the journey there isn't a very stimulating and addictive read, and as said earlier, the first half alone is worth the price of admission as it really is inspirational.