I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 11, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
“A powerful story of punk-rock inspiration and a great rock bio” (Rolling Stone), now in paperback.

When the Ramones recorded their debut album in 1976, it heralded the true birth of punk rock. Unforgettable front man Joey Ramone gave voice to the disaffected youth of the seventies and eighties, and the band influenced the counterculture for decades to come. With honesty, humor, and grace, Joey’s brother, Mickey Leigh, shares a fascinating, intimate look at the turbulent life of one of America’s greatest—and unlikeliest—music icons. While the music lives on for new generations to discover, I Slept with Joey Ramone is the enduring portrait of a man who struggled to find his voice and of the brother who loved him.
 

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I SLEPT WITH JOEY RAMONE: A Family Memoir

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The late Joey Ramone is feted with tough love in these cradle-to-grave memories from his kid brother Mickey Leigh (born Mitch Hyman).In Leigh's collaboration with longtime punk journalist McNeil (co ... Read full review

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Here's another one I'm trying to figure out. Leigh spends the majority of his time on his own history with that of his more famous brother being secondary. In its own light, Leigh history is not that ... Read full review

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Contents

Slept with Joey Ramoneand His Mother Too
1
The Day the Music Lived
7
Do You Remember Rock n Roll Radio?
13
Wipeout
20
All Fall Down
29
The Hills Are Alive
35
It Aint Us Dad
44
Wild in the Streets
51
Grill the Messenger
211
Tomorrow Never Happens
219
Ill Have the Happy Mealto Go
227
Its the Rum Talking
237
They Say Its Your Birthday
250
Were the Monkeys
261
The Bottle Is Empty but the Belly Is Full
270
Gimme Some Truth
283

The Seekers
59
Theyre Coming to Take Me Away
69
A Little Genius in Every Madman
74
In with the Outpatients
80
Im Eighteen and I Dont Care
89
Gall that Glitters
98
OutZapping Zappa
109
1234 119 17 Like Coffee for Jesus
131
Will the Kids Be Alright?
143
Today Your Love
153
Tomorrow the World
164
I Wanna Be Sedated
177
Ding Dong
183
Alcoholic Synonymous
198
Clowns for Progress
300
Sibling Revelry
318
Murphys Roar
323
Lowlights in the Highlands
332
Weird Right?
339
Too Tough to Die?
345
Be My Baby
351
The Old Man and the Seafood
362
A New Beginning for Old Beginners
369
In a Little While
373
Acknowledgments
399
Epilogue
403
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Mickey Leigh, born Mitch Hyman, has been a major player in the rock n roll world since the late seventies. He was a major contributor to the music of The Ramones and has been in several bands, including The Rattlers, which included the (in)famous Lester Bangs. He currently lives in New York.

Legs McNeil is the coauthor of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, a book widely hailed as the definitive work on the subject. The founder of the seminal magazine that gave punk its name, he is a former editor at Spin and editor-in-chief of Nerve. McNeil also wrote Marilyn Chambers's comeback film, Still Insatiable. He is also the author of the forthcoming The Other Hollywood : The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry. He divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.

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