Known as much for their trademark leather jackets, torn jeans and dirty t-shirts as their unique sound and brilliant yet hilariously simple songs, The Ramones were an undeniable force. As pioneers of pink and Rock'n'Roll Hall of Famers, at the peak of their 2,263 live-show career they were arguably the greatest band on the planet.
Yet for all their influence and infamy, the band never had a breakthrough hit, were hardly embraced by radio or MTV and failed to be accepted by mainstream audiences until years after their retirement. While their road-dog mentality and fierce live shows garnered them a legion of faithful fans, the band paid a heavy price, both physically and emotionally.
Monte A. Melnick saw it all: the arrests, the ODs, the fights, the breakups, the make-ups, the girlfriends, the hotels and the binges. As the band's tour manager from their CBGB debut on August 16, 1974 to their final show in Los Angeles on August 6, 1996, Monte was indeed the fifth Ramone. On The Road With The Ramones is his story.
The NEW UPDATED EDITION of "On The Road With The Ramones." With NEW pages, photos and info on what's been happening to the legacy of the Ramones. This is a MUST-HAVE book for all Ramones fans. Based around the story of Monte A. Melnick who was the Ramones tour manager (and much more) throughout their entire career (1974-1996, and 2,263 live shows). It's an insiders look from the people who were actually there witnessing and experiencing all the extreme highs and lows of one of rock's greatest bands. The book is packed with interviews from the Ramones and many many more people who where very close to the band. There is over 250 photographs and pictures of memorabilia Monte collected along the way. Buy it, read it and then revisit their albums. You'll never look at the Ramones in the same light. http://www.myspace.com/ontheroadwiththeramones