Finnish journalist and RAMONES webmaster Jari-Pekka Laitio Ramone's latest RAMONES book entitled "Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives" is the result of nearly five years worth of work. It is full of poignant stories that reflect what Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, as well as the rest of the RAMONES family have impacted their fans worldwide.
Best described as a tribute book, "Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives" has interviews and text written by 90 contributors and has 224 pages, and 295 photos/drawings. This book brings together the RAMONES family as never before. There are interviews by every surviving RAMONES member: RAMONES drummers (Tommy Ramone, Marky Ramone, and Richie Ramone), bassist CJ Ramone, and Johnny Ramone's wife Linda Cummings. The introduction is written by Tommy Ramone.
Reluctant to offer fans stories which have been relayed thousands of times before, Jari-Pekka provides new information about the band. His focus is on the RAMONES' impact on the history of rock 'n' roll.
Other RAMONES publications have dwelt too much on the fights, problems and other negative aspects of the RAMONES musical legacy. Lacking are the positive stories that are integral to the RAMONES history. Jari-Pekka offers candid and positive opinions and stories from people who were influenced musically and inspired by the RAMONES.
Contributors to "Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives" include Seymour Stein (founder of Sire Records), Hilly Kristal (founder of the CBGB club), Rodney Bingenheimer (radio DJ/KROQ-FM) and Maria Montoya-Kaye, Walter Lure (JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS, WALDOS), Wayne Kramer (MC5/DKT), Andy Shernoff (THE DICTATORS), Glen Kolotkin (producer), Noah "Noki" Citrin (an important friend to Joey Ramone in the '60s), and Bam Margera ("Jackass").
"Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives" also features stories and recollections from all kinds of musicians, including punk legends and pioneers such as Dez Cadena (MISFITS, BLACK FLAG, DC3), Henry Rollins (BLACK FLAG, ROLLINS BAND), Charlie Harper (UK SUBS), Glen Matlock (SEX PISTOLS, THE PHILISTINES), and Vinny Stigma, and Roger Miret (AGNOSTIC FRONT).
Other punk and rock 'n' roll bands contributing are: Rob Wright (NOMEANSNO, THE HANSON BROTHERS), Andy Cairns (THERAPY?), Kenny Håkansson, Nick Royale, and Robban Eriksson (THE HELLACOPTERS), Bela B. (solo artist, DIE ÄRZTE), Bumblefoot (GUNS N' ROSES), Happy-Tom and Euroboy (TURBONEGRO), Johan Blomqvist (BACKYARD BABIES), and Tom Wisniewski (MXPX).
Also included are several heavy metalists recalling their reverence and love for the RAMONES. Among them are Frank Watkins (OBITUARY, GORGOROTH), Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH, BLOODBATH), Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD), Jon Larsen (VOLBEAT), Miland "Mille" Petrozza (KREATOR), and Ricky Warwick (solo artist, THE ALMIGHTY).
Jari-Pekka has been dedicated to running the biggest and most updated RAMONES homepage since 1995 and has authored the books "Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone" (2002), and "Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone" (2004).
"I am happy to get the chance to show RAMONES fans lots of unreleased photos and drawings prepared exclusively for this book," Jari-Pekka Laitio Ramone states. This book has never-before-released photos and drawings by people like Jenny Lens, George DuBose, and Bobby London.
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