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Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone

Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone Book


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The book contains more than 300 photos (mostly unreleased), including 32 full colour pages. In total, the book has 208 pages. The page size is B5.

This book is full of stories expressing much love for what Joey and Dee Dee Ramone and the rest of The Ramones family did for all of us.

The book features a great deal of Dee Dee's and Joey's closest friends. In this book you will find two interviews with Marky Ramone. Marky also wrote a great opening text. I was also honoured to include a long interview with Tommy Ramone. You will also find interviews with Jerry Only of The Misfits, Leonard Phillips of The Dickies, Andy McCoy of Hanoi Rocks, Nick Royale of Hellacopters, Dregen of Backyard Babies, Howlin' Pelle of Hives etc. Also there are interviews with "Ramones producer" Daniel Rey, Chris Spedding (produced Dee Dee's albums etc.), Lech Kowalski (director of Hey Is Dee Dee Home etc.), Arturo Vega (creative director of the Ramones etc.), Paul Kostabi and Heidi Follin (Dee Dee's artist partners, Paul is a musician of Youth Gone Mad and one of the closest friends of Dee Dee), Andy Poncherello (Dee Dee's closest friend in LA), Lothar Felkel (great fan story which started in the 1970's), Bebe Buell (singer, media personality...) etc...

Some of the other contributors include members from: The Dictators, Die Toten Hosen, Teenage Head, Sonic Youth, Chesterfield Kings, The Lurkers, The Queers, Hymans, Groovie Ghoulies, Dropkick Murphys, Type O Negative, Electric Frankenstein, Dwarves, , Henry Rollins, Jayne County, Merle Allin, Danko Jones, Rodney Bingenheimer, Chris Goss, Mike Vallely, Ne Luumäet, Pojat, Klamydia, HIM, 69 Eyes, Children Of Bodom, Flaming Sideburns....

Also you'll find in this book an extra cool drawing done by the Canadian artist Darren Merinuk, which gives me many tears of happiness. There are also works done by Gonzalo Facio the caricaturist from Argentina, four drawings of our heroes by Swedish Hellacopters singer-guitarist Nick Royale, and also a really cool Dee Dee work by Finnish Retkibanaani's drummer, Toni Helin. Darren's, Nick's and Toni's works are made only for this book.

You'll find the story of visit to Joey's apartment with Joey's mother Charlotte Lesher and his brother Mickey Leigh with color pictures, also included. There are also reports from the Joey Ramone Place ceremony, trips to the Joey's Birthday Bashes and other Ramoniac happenings. This time you'll find in the Ramoniac Kids pages, how kids are named after our heros and what kind of a Ramones themed birthday party Guns N'Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and his wife Lisa Reed organized for their daughter etc. etc. You will be surprised many times over while reading this book.

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