Among the most revered rock bands in music history, the Ramones have been ranked by Spin Magazine as the #2 Greatest Band of All Time, second only to the Beatles. As a group, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. At the Hudson Union renowned drummer Marky Ramone will divulge intimate details about The Ramones, on and off the road.
Before joining the Ramones in 1978, Brooklyn native and self-taught drummer Marky Ramone was already a name on the New York music scene. As a teenager he took the subway to Greenwich Village and got to hang out with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, and Jim Morrison.
Marky built on the iconic, high energy drum sound of The Ramones, helping them perfect the craft that started down in the basement the perfect two and half minute song with a hook that stays in your head a lifetime. Marky gave the beat to the punk classics, I Wanna Be Sedated. Rock n Roll High School, The KKK Took My Baby Away, and Pet Sematary, going on to play drums with the Ramones for fifteen years, nine studio albums, and 1,700 shows alongside Queens natives Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee Ramone, and the chaos is as memorable as the music.
Joey was the lead singer, the perfect punk front man and introverted songwriter whose OCD stranded the Ramones at restaurants, hotels, and airports all over the world. Johnny was the guitarist and the band’s leader who spouted off his right-wing politics to a band captive in a van criss-crossing the country. Dee Dee was the eccentric genius of the band, taking four bubble baths a day, popping a variety of pills handed to him by fans, and writing songs about alienation, addiction, and despair that would go on to redefine the term “hit song.”
Tragically, Joey died in April 2001 from lymphoma. Shortly after, Dee Dee died of an overdose. Johnny lost his battle with prostate cancer in September 2004. Most recently Tommy Ramone died in July 2014 of bile duct cancer. These towering figures in rock history live on in our hearts, on the airwaves, and in the riveting tales of their surviving brother, Marky Ramone.
The Ramones are one of the three or four most influential American rock bands of all time, and their story, as related by surviving member Marky Ramone, is both entertaining and enlightening. So put on your old leather jacket, scream Gabba-Gabba-Hey at the top of your lungs, and dig in. Stephen King
Marky was an integral part of not one, but TWO of the most important bands in rock and roll. He saw everything from ground zero and lived to tell about it. Absolutely vital document! Anthony Bourdain
Marky's music and style defined the punk rock movement and has influenced countless artists, entertainers and designers. As a musician, he harnessed the energy of the 1970s counterculture into a truly new movement, one that resulted in a seismic shift in fashion, art and music. While playing in..The Ramones he became known as one of the best drummers on the scene. Tommy Hilfiger
Each paid member will receive a hardcopy of Marky Ramone’s upcoming memoir PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG: My Life as a Ramone.