Q&A

Marky Ramone Talks Punk History, Phil Spector, and Italian Food

As one of the most influential punk rock bands of all time, the Ramones completely redefined American music, creating a blueprint for the future of hardcore and punk. In the early 2000s, Spin Magazine rated the band the second greatest band of all time, just behind the Beatles. In 2002 the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in, and in 2011, honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

It took awhile for the band to be recognized for its influence, but there's no denying that each of the members were ahead of their time. And many of the stories behind the writing, touring and collaborations have never really seen the light of day -- until now.

Released on January 13, Marky Ramone's autobiography Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone, is a raw and fascinating, brutally honest look at the cultural history of punk from the front lines of one of the genre's defining bands.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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