End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones Reviews
This is an amazing documentary that follows the formation and career of the greatest punk band of all time and is made up of interviews and performance footage. Right from the earliest days, it shows how The Ramones influenced the music world and how they never managed to gain the critical success that they well and truly deserved. The archive concert footage shows their raw power on stage and interviews with the band and their associates tell of how they soldiered on through the highs and lows, and how the constant touring and member's problems took it's toll. I fully recommended this documentary, and even if you are not familiar with The Ramones, it shows what a history making band they were and is a delight to watch for anybody interested in music history.
The film contains a lot of interviews with the individual band members discussing life in the band. I'm actually rather surprised that the band stuck around as long as they did with all of the problems that they had. Dee Dee Ramone was always high or getting into fights with his woman and had a lot of problems before he left the band in 1989 and pursued his own solo career before passing away in 2002 just a few months after The Ramones induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of a heroin overdose. Johnny and Joey never really care for each other and it was cemented when Joey was dating a woman with whom he was very in love with until Johnny took her from him, this woman later became Johnny's wife, Linda. Joey and Johnny never talked again after that incident. Which really blows my mind that a band can stay together as long as they did with such friction and tension between the two main figures of the band. You really see the different sides of the band members in this film. There were things about all of them that I didn't know and this film was very educational for me in that regard.
As a Ramones fan I truly enjoyed this film and it made me, as I already stated, see a side of each of the band members that I had never seen before. I enjoy watching these documentaries about bands that contain real interviews with the members because it really pulls you into the band and brings you closer. You learn what the band members are like and can see a lot of where they get their subject matter for their songs. It makes listening to the songs that much better because you can almost feel their emotion pouring out through the lyrics. I think any fan of The Ramones, punk rock, or any rock really can enjoy this film. You see the true struggles of a real life band and what problems fame and money can bring. Three of the founding members of The Ramones are now gone. But they still live on through their music, that I still rock out too often, and documentaries like this.