Reader Reviews from Around the RamonesWorld!
The Ramonesworld now crosses all boundaries, connecting fans across generations and nations like a world religion. Over forty years after the release of Ramones, from Japan to Argentina, Idaho to Russia, Berlin to Texas, the band's impact reverberates like they just broke yesterday, inspiring skate punks, riot grrrls, rude boys, queer kids and Afropunks. Following the publication of Why The Ramones Matter, several fans have started posted reviews----on Ramones fan pages, and websites from around the world. I'll be posting a few of them here. If you'd like to post a review, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Review by Julia Green* (Russia):*Admin: Facebook Fan Page, Ramones Tribute "Too Tough To Die", Editor at Rolling Stone, Russia.
Review by ROCKY THE RAMONE (Texas):
Since this book is about ME, I will explain how The Ramones had an effect on my development.
On page 33 Donna says "The Ramones' music itself was a miracle of originality and innovation-something we discover seredipitously when we can't do what we were told we should do"
I was very smart growing up and was constantly told that I should be doing so much better at school. In reality, I was bored with being subjected to dumbed down rhetoric and sanitized versions of what the world was supposed to be. I was also very good at playing music very early in my life. People tried to force me to excel on their terms and I was having none of it.
Donna uses the word "Anomie" and the definition states "Social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values -also- personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals" which perfectly describes what I went through
Donna examines how a movement with a large Jewish population can write songs about Nazis and swastikas etc... The fact that the word "Punk" was considered to be fighting words in the 70's makes it akin to any other word or term that is used to dehumanize a person. Rappers appropriated the "N" word just like the punks did. When you play with an idea like a toy, you diminish the power of the message. It's like taking a gun out of someone's hands and returning it to them without the bullets. This is what I did as a metal head kid in the 80's, only it was pentagrams and upside down crosses instead of swastikas. Punk kids in the 70's felt stifled by the pressures of the WW2 generation and I personally felt stifled by the pressures of the newly empowered "Faith Based Voter".
I guess you could say that The Ramones made things simple because they wanted to provide extra room for you to fill in the blanks.
Please go out and buy a copy of Why The Ramones Matter" by Donna Gaines because this book about you.
Review by John Sumser, Ph.D. (California)