Marky Ramone Publishing Memoir in January; Will Celebrate Release with NYC Concert

Image Courtesy of Touchstone BooksLongtime Ramones drummer Marky Ramone will publish a new memoir early next year that will focus on his eventful life and music career both in and out of the pioneering punk band.  Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone will hit stores on January 13, 2015.

Born Marc Bell, the Brooklyn-born drummer cut his teeth during the early '70s with the proto-metal group Dust, then went on to play with cross-dressing glam-punk singer Wayne County and influential punk act Richard Hell and the Voidoids, putting him at the epicenter of New York's edgy rock scene.  He joined the Ramones in 1978 after the departure of the band's original drummer, Tommy, and was featured on many of the group's best-known songs, including "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Rock 'n' Roll High School," "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio" and "Pet Sematary."

In Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, Marky recounts his many adventures with The Ramones, the band members dysfunctional relationships and his own struggles with alcohol.  The drummer was fired from The Ramones in late 1982, but rejoined the rockers in 1987 and stayed with them until their 1996 breakup.  Sadly, all of the original Ramones have since passed away, but Marky remains, and he's continuing the band's legacy in a new group called Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg.

Marky and his current group will celebrate the arrival of Punk Rock Blitzkrieg with a special book-release concert on January 17 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.  Special guest Andrew W.K. will be on hand to sing lead at the show.  Tickets for the event are on sale now at  Special VIP tickets also are available offering fans a meet-and-greet with Marky and Andrew, as well as a signed copy of the book.

"These songs are too good not to be played," says Ramone in a statement.  "I am really looking forward to playing live once more in my hometown of NYC, and celebrating the arrival of the book."

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