End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones | Chicago Reader

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

Singer Joey Ramone, bassist Dee Dee Ramone, and guitarist Johnny Ramone died in such quick succession that their demise almost seemed staged, as if some celestial voice had counted off "1—2—3—4!" This 2003 profile by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields follows the punk pioneers from their early days as glue-sniffing losers in Queens to their epochal debut at CBGB in 1974 and through their 22-year career as one of the world's most beloved and influential rock bands. The story unfolds in standard Behind the Music fashion, celebrating the band's rise and exposing the mutual hatred that consumed Joey and Johnny in the 80s and 90s, but it's also genuinely sad: few bands have burst onto the scene with such a perfectly realized look, sound, and philosophy or been more trapped by their own meatheaded genius.

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