Ramones at 40
Some bands are acclaimed right off the bat (whether they deserve it or not), while others only receive their due well after their greatest performances are behind them. Unfortunately, The Ramones fall into the latter category, as it took far too long for the mainstream fans and the media alike to realize what they had in this gloriously influential foursome.
Ramones at 40 celebrates the ups and downs of punk’s answer to The Velvet Underground, a band that impacted so many musicians to come, but never scaled the heights of album sales and success to match that outsized influence. Popoff takes us on a timeline through the band’s birth, heyday, struggles, and eventual last run, flaws and all. As some members leave and others appear, we watch the band evolve, even as it stays true to its singular roots, merging bubblegum pop, punk, metal, and rock into one inimitable sound.
With gorgeous photos and insights from colleagues, fans, and self-appointed Ramones historians alike, Ramones at 40 is just like the band it chronicles: uncompromising, fun, vibrant, and rife with nostalgic touches. Whether you’re a diehard fan or a newcomer, you’ll enjoy strolling through these pages.
|Martin Popoff, CJ Ramone, Foreword
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