Tom Sinclair
November 24, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones

Current Status
In Season
Dee Dee Ramone
Thunder's Mouth Press
Nonfiction, Music

We gave it a B+

Add Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones, a surprisingly readable, charmingly spaced-out memoir to the pantheon of dope-fiend literature, right up there with William S. Burroughs’ Junky. The story of the Ramones’ unlikely transformation from Forest Hills, Queens, ”lowlifes” to America’s premier punk-rock band pales in comparison to Dee Dee’s own pathos-laden tale of raging chemical dependency and abject dysfunction. If Ramones fans once interpreted songs like ”Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” and ”I Wanna Be Sedated” as ironic jokes, after reading Lobotomy they’ll recognize them for what they more likely were — straight reporting. One quibble: Nowhere does Dee Dee Ramone discuss his, um, motivation for writing that enduring anthem to male prostitution, ”53rd & 3rd.” Oh, well — maybe he’s leaving that for another book. B+

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