Originally published in 1993, Ramones: An American Band by Jim Bessman is a well-written biography of Ramones, iconic American punk rock band with indisputable influence in music. Bessman is a music journalist who actually knew the band. And it gave him vast access to Ramones and their inner circle. With such access, Bessman conducted many interviews where he collected valuable stories and anecdotes from the band members and their family, friends, and crew.
Cleverly amusing, moving, and occasionally heartbreaking, Ramones: An American Band portrays the band as what they really were—their brilliance and flaws, their influence and significance, and most importantly, their invaluable legacy.
Cover and Details of Ramones: An American Band by Jim Bessman (PDF)
- Title: Ramones: An American
- Author: Jim Bessman
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
- Date Published: May 28, 1993
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0641990448
- ISBN-13: 9780641990441
Summary of the Book
The authorized story of an American band who shaped the history of music for generations. Today’s new music-makers are looking back at the bands that broke the ground, and the Ramones are it: the original high priests of punk, the stars of rock ‘n roll high school, the royal avatars of rock, raunch, and rebellion. 60 photographs and illustrations.
Reviews of Ramones: An American Band
This journal of the “Grateful Dead of punk rock” is well paced, streamlined, and tautly built. It pulses home its main point with fierce precision: that the durable yet quirky band has earned a place in the annals of rock’n’roll history. The book chronicles the lives of the band members with a cold eye, depicting everything from the tragic flaws (drug addiction, personality disorders) to their dedication to their style of music: three-chord punk rock songs that so viscerally capture the teenage angst of suburban youth…Inspiring and often hilarious, this book is appropriate for libraries with extensive music or rock history collections. —Library Journal
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