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The best Rockumentary I've ever seen.
An intriguing documentary!
Fantastic doc about the Ramones, shot just before Dee Dee died, and a few years before Johnny died as well. Has great interview sections with Dee Dee, Johnny, Tommy, Marky, CJ, Richie, and the at-the-time only deceased one, Joey. Revealing about personalities, and very honest and open. I found Johnny to be very forthright about his personality, how he treated people, and how he cared about Joey's death, even though the 2 hadn't spoken in years and hated each other. Also reveals about Joey's transformation into a Rock Star, and how he changed who he was. Surprisingly, discussed how Dee Dee was such a big factor in the songwriting, and how his heroin issues affected himself and his life. There's some stuff said here that makes you think these guys hated each other, but it also comes across they wouldn't trade it for anything. Also speaks to the major MAJOR influence of the Ramones, when they interview the late Joe Strummer and he talks about sneaking in a window to see them, and how they said how much it meant for them. (Later on Johnny even says, the only band he ever worried about being better than them at what they were doing was the Clash). Essential viewing for Ramones fans, punk fans, music fans, and music historians.
The story of punk rockers The Ramones, who never topped Billboards charts, but became a most influential band and connected with over two generations of outcasts after over twenty years of heavy touring. The film is pretty straight forward, but it offers great honest insight on the band as told from direct sources and from the band members themselves. All in all, this is a really good document of rock history.
Terrific rock'n'roll documentary but goddamn is it depressing. Honestly, just put on Ramonesmania again. God, it sucks growing up and seeing your favorite group as less than superheroic. Joe Strummer FTW describing why the Ramones played short songs so fast: "It's a busy world, man, give it to me, I got things to do!"
Damn, they were great! And this documentary of their lives and career is informative and fascinating. Lots of interviews from the Ramones themselves. There will never be another band like them.
Are you stupid? Its the Ramones, watch it already.
Documentary charting the history of the seminal punk band.
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 Ramones were one of the most underappreciated and under-celebrated bands in Rock n Roll history and it is good to see a film that gives them the attention and respect they deserve. Their story is not a typical glorious rock legend tale, they never became rich or toped charts but they did make an extremely large library of great music. Their music had energy and integrity and would go on to influence scores of other rock and punk bands after them. I loved the focus of each member of the band and hearing all the different perspectives of their story. It also does a great job of concentrating on the interesting band dynamic and volatile relationship between the band mates. This shows how the Ramones were rock warriors always staying true the Punk Rock spirit that they pioneered without selling out and that they always cared about the music.
I just don't like Documentaries all that much, but at least this one was well structured..