I Slept with Joey Ramone

I Slept with Joey Ramone

A Family Memoir

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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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  • Touchstone | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451639865 | 
  • January 2011
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Muscians Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil Discuss I Slept With Joey Ramone

I Slept With Joey Ramone is the story of the Ramones and the rise of punk music, and a touching memoir about brotherhood from Joey Ramone's brother.

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PROLOGUE

It was one of those crystal-clear evenings in the late winter of 1969. My mother, my brother, and I had recently moved into a new high-rise apartment building in Forest Hills, Queens, with a spectacular view of Manhattan.

I was sitting in our new bedroom with Arlene, a friend who’d stopped by after our last class at Forest Hills High School. We could see the entire skyline from my bed by the window and watched the sun set over Manhattan. Arlene gazed at the city lights as I passed her the joint.

All of a sudden, on the other side of the bedroom there was a stirring beneath a huge, homegrown pile... see more

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