DEE DEE RAMONE: POISON HEART/ LOBOTOMY - SURVIVING THE RAMONES BOOK


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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.

USA:
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.

UK:
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.

BRAZIL:
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.

CZECH REPUBLIC:
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 Mata Publishing.

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 Godlis.



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 and he 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 acoustic 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 four stars.

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 this?!?

(Thanks for Monte of sending this)