All the original Ramones–Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny and Tommy–are all gone now. The most senior member of the group still alive is Marky Ramone, who replaced Tommy on drums in 1978. He was with the band through the rest of its existence. He’s a great guy, too. I’ve met him several times, including for a dinner out one night in Hamilton during which he told some great stories, some funny, some serious.
Marky has finally put all those stories into a book called Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone, saying that his primary goal was “to set the record straight.” He’s not happy with the way a number of other books have portrayed the band, so as the heir to the legacy, he felt the need to step in. Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone is available now.