Not sure what took so long, but 8 years after his death Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone’s autobiography will be published this spring. Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone covers Johnny’s childhood through his rise to fame as well as his health battles (he died from prostate cancer in 2004) and the love triangle between Johnny, Joey and Johnny’s eventual wife Linda.
Johnny’s wife Linda said he started working on the book after he was diagnosed with cancer. She told the associated Press “It is a really powerful book because his whole life has gone before him and he knows it's going to come to an end, and he really needs to tell everybody what he's feeling inside, so that's what makes it so amazing," She went on to say "That is the biggest, most powerful thing, writing a book when you know you're dying."
Linda said Johnny never stopped working on the book, even during chemotherapy. "He wasn't feeling well all the time, but that never stopped Johnny," she said. "Johnny was indestructible."
Original Ramones drummer and producer Tommy Ramone (aka Tommy Erdelyi) wrote the book’s intro and said in a statement, "Johnny Ramone's autobiography is a no holds barred, straight-forward book written in a no-nonsense style that is Johnny personified.
His story is written in his own actual words, so the reader gets an insight into what made him the unique, charismatic and exciting individual that he was. It also gives a great view of The Ramones from Johnny's perspective."
Johnny’s widow Linda says she hopes the book will one day be turned into a film. "This is the first book I can honestly see that really has enough in it to make it such an interesting story, because this is Johnny talking about Johnny," she said. "No Ramone movie could be as cool as Johnny's story."
Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone is slated for release on April 2nd.
Check out this story in Rolling Stone. They published it on line with a picture of Marky not Johnny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!