This book is all about the Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives, by
Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone. Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives is full of
stories of love for what Joey, Dee Dee, and Johnny Ramone and the rest
of the Ramones family have
done for all of us.
This memory book is a result of 4.5 years work. Maria Montoya-Kaye was
main person who grammar-checked this book (texts).
The opening text is written by Tommy Ramone.
Book has interview
or text written by 90 artist/people, 224 pages and
295 photos or drawings. Ramones: Soundtrack Of
Our Lives, is a book you would enjoy reading. I
have included hundreds of stories by all kinds of musicians who have
personally discussed at length about the Ramones and the legacy left
behind on rock n'roll history. The book also features artists who
influenced the Ramones and also those in the Ramones family who are
often forgotten. They have many stories to tell.
Joey and Johnny died because of cancer. I donate of the
profits for Juliana Von Wendt Fund. This fund was founded in 1971
and they support humane researching method without animals.
Also I contribute a portion of the profits from my books to aid in the
study of drug addiction. It is the only way we can
come to understand Dee Dee's fatal overdose and other drug-related
I wish to thank all the people that have given me the chance to do this
book. Most of my thanks is to Maria Montoya-Kaye, she has given me that
chance. Even though our physical distance is far - Maria lives in Los
Angeles, USA, and I live in Kauhajoki, Finland. Maria is very close
emotinally, she knows what I mean in my heart, and Maria has the heart
to read it right. Also Maria was main person who grammar-checked this
book. She put in about 1 000 hours on this book. Lynne Cameron typed
20+ interviews. Also Laura Brown, Bobby London, Randy
Wisebrod, Dean and Sara, Greg Gibson, Erja Heikkilä etc. helped.
I say sincerely thank also through photos, texts and stories, for many
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Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh and Tommy Ramone on May 19, 2009,
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3) Promo photo featuring Richie Ramone and Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone.
Photo is taken at Joey Ramone's (RIP) another house in New York on May
19, 2010. That day Joey had his 49th birthday. And Jari-Pekka had his
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4) Promo photo featuring (left to right) Ramones' creative director
Arturo Vega, Johnny Ramone's wife Linda Ramone, Jari-Pekka
Laitio-Ramone, and Dee Dee Ramone's wife Barbara Zampini at Johnny
Ramone's memory event at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles,
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5) Promo photo featuring The Misfits members Jerry Only (sitting), Eric
(top left, new drummer of The Misfits), Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone (top
middle), Dez Cadena (top right. The Misfits, ex member of the Black at
Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland on September 13, 2010).
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Michael Poulsen and Thomas Bredahl. Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone (2nd on
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This review tells so lot of this book... Thanks Craig Ums (his band is
Hope to see you at live some day.
"This is a book about the Ramones. It is also about people and music and
communication and friendship and inspiration, but in the end nothing
inside here means anything without its connection to the Ramones.
Jari-Pekka (and his fourteen year-old website, listed above) is the
be-all end-all aggregate for all things Ramones, collecting information
and interviews and photos with anything even remotely related to the
A self-described "worldwide collection of rare photos and loving
tributes to our rebel angels," this Jari's third book on the subject, is
mostly populated with interviews. Tommy, Marky, Richie, and CJ (the
surviving Ramones) are obviously included, but they just scratch the
surface. We also get interviews and written accolades from the Sex
Pistols, NOMEANSNO, Agnostic Front, Arturo Vega (artist for the Ramones,
Misfits, etc.), high school friends, studio engineers, the famous
Backstage Masseuse Dr. Dot, Ramones' graffiti artists, tribute bands,
and on and on.
Jari keeps a fair and neutral perspective that is difficult when
exploring a band with such a noteworthy in-house rivalry. In fact, Jari
does an almost perfect job of keeping the tone of the book (and to a
larger extent, his website) completely neutral and respectful. It is
likely this effort that has awarded him some of his most exclusive
insights, like Dee Dee Ramone giving Jari his personal diary just before
he passed away, or an interview with Linda Cummings, the woman at the
center of the Joey/Johnny love triangle (included only in this book).
You can tell right away that Jari lives and breathes The Ramones that in
turn helps him serve as the definitive liaison to their legacy.
The fair-weather Ramones fan or even casual rock-biography-reader can
enjoy and appreciate Soundtrack... for its detail and depth, but
diehards are definitely the true beneficiaries of this book. However
much you know about the band (and their story is not a secret one, mind
you), this guy and his resources can surely overwhelm you - my favorite
aspect being the inadvertent that occur during his research. For
instance, did you know that CJ Ramone's most recent CD purchase was Jack
Johnson? And who can't roll their eyes at the Ramones publicity shot
featuring (short-term stand-in drummer for Blondie) Clem Burke wearing a
Chanel #5 t-shirt under his leather jacket without a trace of irony?
This book is full of these unveilings.
I don't at all mean for this to sound like a bad thing but this book
never ends. It has interview after interview after interview after
interview. From page 150 through page 170, for example, you get
extensive discussions (not just sound bytes) with Joey's girlfriend in
Connecticut in the 80's, followed by Dez Cadena, followed by the drummer
of Dee Dee's solo project, followed by various members of MOTORHEAD, the
Misfits, Guns N'Roses, the Hellacopters, and Turbonegro. The facts and
stories, like the Ramones. legacy itself, keep going and going and
Rate / stars: 9/10.
review here or below.
REVIEW STARTS: "Mich verbindet eine große Liebe zu den
schnell und dreckig, bzw. sie waren es und auf jeden Fall ein
Eckpfeiler des Punk Rocks, nicht umsonst werden solche Titel wie
"Sheena is a Punk Rocker" oder "Blitzkrieg Bop" immer noch gerne
gespielt. Obwohl leider nun schon drei der
RAMONES-Grundungsmitglieder verstorben sind, gibt es heute immer
noch unzählige Fans und Coverbands, die ihr Andenken wahren und
zu dieser Fanschar gehört auch Jari-Pekka Laitio-.Ramone., der
seine Helden in Ehren halten möchte und deswegen auch bereits
zwei ähnliche Bucher namens "Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans
Remember Joey Ramone " und
"Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone" schrieb, und zwar immer
aufgrund des gleichen Anlasses und mit den Punk Rock Heroen im
Fokus. Die damaligen Veröffentlichungen wurden durch den Tod
von Bandmitgliedern initiiert, Jari wollte sie nicht ohne Huldigung
davon ziehen lassen und fur ihn war das Thema eigentlich danach
erledigt, aber die Szene blieb weiter am Leben und weltweit
schwelgten Foren und Homepages in Erinnerungen, weshalb sich der
Finne doch noch zu einem weiteren Werk entschließen konnte,
welches diesmal uber einen Entstehungszeitraum von 5 Jahren
Das Buch ist in Englisch gehalten und eine Ansammlung von Interviews
mit ehemaligen Bandmitgliedern (Tommy Ramone, CJ Ramone usw.) sowie
Erinnerungen bzw. Anekdoten von Freunden, Fans und bekannten
Kunstlern wie etwa Henry Rollins (BLACK FLAG), Charlie Harper
(UK Subs) und vielen anderen. Der gebotene Inhalt ist wirklich
gewaltig, relativ klein gedruckt finden sich auf 220 Seiten
unzählige Geschichten, unveröffentlichte Bilder und
Zeichnungen. Auch wenn mich das Thema sehr interessiert, diese
komplexe Sammlung erschlägt den Leser regelrecht, als musste
man einen Blog mit unglaublich vielen Einträgen durchlesen, die
allesamt von Bedeutung sind. Das hält man im Normalfall gar
nicht durch, besonders weil das Thema in jeder erdenklichen Form
ausgekostet wird. Na klar, wer gerne als Fan viele unbekannte
Details erfahren möchte und jede noch so kleine Information
aufsaugt wie ein trockener Schwamm, der wird bzw. muss dieses Buch
lieben, aber ich musste doch fur mich selber eingestehen, dass ich
wohl nicht .Fan-genug. bin, um es vollkommen auszukosten,
könnte aber auch an der Schwierigkeit liegen, so viel in
englischer Sprache zu konsumieren, was einen (zumindest mich) doch
zusätzlich ermudet. Eins ist klar, man muss schon genugend
Rahmenwissen uber die Band besitzen, um mit diesen ganzen Anekdoten
klar zu kommen. Es ist keine Biographie, was es auch nicht sein
soll, aber um einen Quasi-Sammelordner mit unzähligen
Geschichten ohne Chronologie durchzulesen, bedarf es eines gewissen
Interesses fur eine derartige Darstellungsweise. Oder man ist
einfach durch und durch Fan der RAMONES, der sich uber jede neue
Erkenntnis freut, der auch gerne jeden Abend uber das gleiche Thema
diskutiert und dessen niemals uberdrussig wird, fur den .normalen.
Leser ist es bestimmt nichts, aber ich denke, dies war so auch nie
Das Druckwerk tendiert etwas in Richtung des beruhmten Please kill
me! Die unzensierte Geschichte des Punk., welche allerdings
versucht, das gesamte Genre zu beschreiben und alle Facetten
aufzugreifen, wohingegen sich diese Schreibe hier eben auf eine Band
konzentriert. Aber man sollte auch nie vergessen, dies ist ein Buch
von einem Fan fur Fans. .Ramones: Soundtrack of our Lives. ist
harter Tobak, aber wer keine Scheu kennt und das Thema fur spannend
hält, dessen Wunsche werden voll und ganz erfullt!"
3) You've done a hell lot of hard work with Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our
Lives. I think it is an excellent book, it is very nice written, and
lot's of interesting interviews, big compliments, with very important
and very clear information from which I knew nothing about, thank you
very much for that! The interviews in general, I found very refreshing
and pleasant to read.
I think that every fan at least should read this book, I really did
like the interviews you've done with Johnny's wife Linda Cummings, Noah
Noki, Walter Lure, Wayne Kramer, Agnostic front members, Glen Matlock
from the Sex Pistols etc.
And it's just like you said, I also really don't give a fuck about all
the internal struggle, gossips etc. what lot's of people (I don't call
them fans) are talking about. Just as a big fan I will always remember
the Ramones, for what they did for us, and how much important they were
for the music business in general. Nobody but nobody is perfect.
I wanna thank you for all your hard work.
(Winny Kas, Holland)
4) Ramones book # 3 book by Jari-Pekka. Before seeing it I wondered what
is he still going to write about now? Jari's Ramoniac adventure journey
is an endless vacation. Sitting in my room (record player on) I went
through all of it. Quite a few gems, like first time I ever read Walter
Lure talking about his days as a studio-Ramone, or first time I read
Linda Cumming's own words too - packed together with other very
interesting talking by CJ Ramone, Arturo Vega, Tommy Ramone and even a
former school-friend of Joey who didn't know that Joey was Joey because
he knew him before he was Joey! Amazing how Jari keeps finding people
connected to the Ramones Family. (Oh dear... and the photo of Johnny
Ramone dressed up as a clown!).
(Mariano Asch, Argentina)
5) All I can say is WOW!! I've read Monte Melnick's and Mickey Leigh's
book and am enjoying yours just as much!! Reading about Andy Shernoff
talking about Joey's last moments is even more poignant than Mickey
related it in his book.
I love the format of the short interviews. It's like the fanzines I
used to read in my teens :) Johnny was my favorite Ramone and I really
enjoyed reading new stuff about him (even if some of it didn't put him
in the best light) I also respect how you keep out of the arguments
between the various factions of the Ramones and remain objective. I
especially enjoyed the interviews with Linda and Marky.
Still reading your book and LOVING it! Great read my friend. It's
funny, you read different books that talk about the same incident and
everyone tells it a different way. Dee Dee's books are all over the
(Andy Cintron, USA)
6) Just received Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives book in the post
Just spent the last hour literally just flicking through each page and
scanning it and looking at the amazing pictures, articles and
everything. It is a true labour of love and a brilliant piece of work.
(Stephen Hughes, United Kingdom)
7) Upon meeting Jari-Pekka and getting our first look at his new
book, Ramones: Soundtrack of Our Lives, I thought: "Wow, this is
something special, I have to have this!" Just reading Jari-Pekka's
heartfelt commentaries and in-depth interviews, along with all the cool,
rare and often amusing photos (see Johnny and Linda's) have made us feel
like we're somehow part of the Ramones extended family. Thank you,
Jari-Pekka for all the hard work, love and dedication you have put into
this book. It's FANtastic!
(Joe and Debbie Lunardon, USA)
8) Jari-Pekka is a true Rock'N'Roller and a true ramones fan which makes
him aces with me! Also his earlier books on Joey and Dee Dee are
constantly read and looked over and over and over by me when I need
inspiration or a happy thought! I hopelessly recommend these books to
all who care about the Ramones as much as all of us! The rest can take
a flying fuck off the nearest bridge and take there I-pods with em!
(Billy Hopeless (ex member of Black Halos etc.), British
9) Every Ramones fan should buy this. 4.5 years in the making and
totally worth it.
(Alan Giff, UK)
10) I've read about half the book so far and I'm really enjoying it.
Some great interviews with Tommy, CJ and Marky, other associates of
the Ramones, other bands, and fans. Lots of pictures I've never seen
of both the band and fan tributes. You know, I sometimes feel like I
pretty much know everything about the Ramones (I own all their
albums, have read several books, seen some documentaries, etc) but
this book reminds me there's always more fun stuff to learn. This
book is like if there was a monthly magazine about the Ramones and
someone put 15 good issues together for one book.
(Keith D., USA)
11) Jari-Pekka, I have read your third book now, and I will thank you
for a fantastic book. Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives have given me a lot
of answers. Ramones have been in my heart for over 30 years. The
Ramones is band of my life. I have always had problems to accept Johnny
and Linda, but now you have helped me to see Johnny and Linda in a
another way. Thanks. Joey has always had a special place in my heart
(and Dee Dee).
(Jorn Hoye, 51 years, Norway)
12) I really like your books (note: Julie has got my 2nd and 3rd book),
there are so many photos I've never seen, the interviews are really
interesting and I really like the way the books are written. And also
because, even if my English is not perfect I can read books easily,
this is really cool. It was also good the read your testimony about
your life while you were touring with Dee Dee, this is very
interesting. The quality of the books are due to your devotion to
the Ramones and all the work you've done, so I can only congratulate
you. It gives me the chance to learn the things I don't know about the
(Julien Homer, 19, France)
13) Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives is amazing. Great stories, great
photos, and interviews. But most of all I respect the stance you keep
all these years and don't get in between all the fights and
the bickering.... Thanks for that. I try to do the same when I am in a
conversation about the Ramones and don't take sides. You are a great
example of how the various Ramones "managers" and estate should really
think and act.
(Stefanos Chatzitibas, 32, Greece)
14) With great pleasure I received your book Jari-Pekka and I have
read it nonstop on my latest flight. It is indeed a very good book. I
am amazed how good contact you have with the - inner circle - and other
people who are involved in one or another way to the Ramones. This
respect one only achieve by showing respect and act like an ambassador
of us fans and stay out of any difference of opinion about the band -
like you do!
Thanks for keeping the spirit alive. Which you do only by delivering
facts and not involve yourself in any "fights".
A chapter that really caught me was about the early interview made by
Emilie. This is the Ramones I remember and grew up with; simpleminded,
no fights only great humour and making fun from each other and on every
occasion. As I am a long time fan I appreciate a lot the interviews with
Tommy Ramone and Seymor Stein about the early days, but it's also very
interesting to read about Richie Ramone and Jean Beauvoir who produced
Ramones album Animal Boy. I read that you like the Animal Boy album a
lot and that is interesting because that one is one my favourites.
(Jari-Pekka's addition: Jean Beauvoir also wrote together with Dee
Dee songs She Belongs To Me and Something To Believe In, and with Dee
Dee and Joey My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To
(Charlie Ramone, 40+, living in many countries because
15) I was listening to Andrew Loog Oldham on the Underground Garage
radio station when I heard him mention that you had put out Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives book. So, of course being the Ramones fan that I
am, I had to add it to my Ramones library. (Jari-Pekka's note:
Loog Oldham is an English producer, he was manager
of The Rolling Stones in the 1960's etc.)
Loved your book and learned a lot from the stories and
interviews, especially the time Joey Ramone told Lorne Michaels that the
Ramones shoulda been on Saturday Night Live television show
(Jari-Pekka's note: SNL is explained in Jesse Malin's interview and
when Joey and Jesse were hanging with the U2). I've been wondering about
that since SNL started back in the 70's because I always watched the
show for the bands they had on, but I never could remember if the
Ramones were ever on or not and it's been bothering me for that long.
Well, that "mystery" has been cleared up for me...
I was living in Denver, Colorado when my younger brother started playing
the first Ramones LP in his room around 1978. But as I was walking by
his door, I stopped and listened to Blitzkrieg Bop (the greatest rock
'n roll song ever, in my opinion). I was a drummer in a band at that
time so I was immediately attuned to the rhythm of the songs. To this
day, I still stick to Tommy.' style as I think it's the greatest rock
'n roll style of all time. Then later, I went to see them at a gig in
Boulder, Colorado and needless to say, I was completely "blown
A coupla times, when they would hang out at record stores, I would go
and hang out with them, just talkin' and gettin' pictures and
autographs and stuff, just like any other fan would do. I remember one
time following Johnny Ramone around the store while he was looking
through the album bins for "soundtrack" albums to different movies and
listening to him talk about each different album and what he thought
about the movies and stuff. He didn't know me at all, but he treated me
like I was a friend that day. The best memory of all was in August
of 1981 when our band got a call from the Rainbow Music Hall in Denver
and asked us if we would open for the Ramones. What, are you kidding
me, I almost had a heart attack!
(Mark Frye, Las Vegas, USA)
16) I wanted to let you know I received your 2 books in the mail. Being
an intense Ramones fan for over 25 years I was BLOWN away by the work
you accomplished!! You were nice enough to write in the beginning of
both books and I appreciated it. I've met all the boys and the stories
you have and opinions are such a breath of fresh air in comparison to
some of the official works released. You deserve to be proud of what
you've done and I'm lucky to have read what you put together like no
one else could have. From a huge Ramones fan let me give you my most
sincere thanks for your dedication and hard work.
(Gerry Keefer, USA)