This book is released with different title names. This is Dee Dee
Ramone's auto-biography. Some photos are different in these releases.
Dee Dee wrote this book with Legs McNeil (and Veronica Koffman did some
work for the UK version).
Dee Dee had book release tour in the United Kingdom. There are details
below. Also Dee Dee appeared for a book signing in the Union Square
Virgin Megastore in New York on November 2, 2000.
1) This Dee Dee's auto-biography is released in
the USA with a name: Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones.
Publisher of original version is Thunder's Mouth Press.
2) Reissue edition of this book got published in March, 2016 in the USA
by Da Capo Press. As a extra it has foreword written by Joan Jett.
Name of the book is in the UK Poison Heart -
Surviving the Ramones. Some photos are different than in USA version.
Helter Skelter Publishing has released three pressing of
Poison Heart: Surviving The Ramones in UK. See photo in left of
cover of third pressing.
Also book is published in Portugese
language in Brazil. Title is there Coracao Envenenado - Minha Vida Com Os
Ramones. This version has 192 pages and soft cover. You can see cover
in right, it's different than in
original one. Translation is by Paulo Salles and pretext is by Andre
Barcinski. Homepage of the Editora Barracude is here. There's also more
information and lot comments of the book by fans here.
In Czech title of the book
is Poison Heart: Prezil Jsem Ramones, and it was released in summer of
2011. Book has 216 pages. Language is Czech. Publisher
Following information I will update later.
- There's coming up a Spanish- and probably also Japan
language editions of the book. The translation of the Spanish -edition is
done and hope for an early publication date. The format of the book will
be different from the UK/US editions, with different photos - except for
the front cover picture, taken by legendary punk photographer
DEE DEE RAMONE: UK TOUR / RELEASE EVENTS OF
POISON HEART BOOK AND AIN'T IT FUN ALBUM:
Monte Melnick (Ramones tour manager) was touring with Dee Dee on England
said that trip to the UK was really big succesful.
- October 24, 1997: Helter Skelter Bookshop, Denmark
Street, London: 6pm: book signing, 7.30 full acoustic show. Read
review of this event below.
- October 25, 1997: Shake Some Action Records, Church Street,
Croydon: Ipm: book/record signing and acoustic set. 6.30pm Compendium
Books, Camden: book signing.
- October 27, 1997: Concorde Club, Madeira Drive, Brighton: full
acoustic show: doors 9pm.
- October 28, 1997: 333 Club, 333 Old Street, London: full
show: doors 9PM.
DEE DEE RAMONE: HELTER SKELTER BOOK SHOP,
LONDON, UK, OCTOBER 24, 1997
This review is written by Ray Zell (Kerrang magazine). He gave
The silver-haired geezer wades his way through the crowd in this tiny
basement drinking haunt, towards a microphone and a stool. An hour
earlier, upstairs at the Helter Skelter bookshop, he had a queue going
round the corner for the signing of his autobiography 'Poison Heart:
Surviving The Ramones'. Our man is Dee Dee, original bassist with the
legendary New York band. But right now, he's about to strum out some punk
classics on an acoustic guitar...
"53rd & 3rd", "Rockaway Beach", "Sheena" - Dee Dee plays all the stuff and
more. And it's great. An experience. The whole deal turns into one big
sing-along. Dee Dee also slides in The Heartbreakers 'Born to Lose'. " My
friends all had "Born To Lose" tattoed on their arms", he announces, "but
I was sneaky - I had 'Born To Win.'"
Dee Dee leaves. The crowd chants "Hey ho, let's go!" until he returns, at
which point Dee Dee sits bemused, within inches of an over-enthusiastic
mob, stabbing fingers in his direction, chanting "Gabba Gabba, we accept
you. we accept you, one of us!" Poor bloke. He survived the Ramones for