Sorry to disappoint you, but no, when Mickey Leigh rolls into the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Saturday night to present “I Slept With Joey Ramone,” it won’t be some outrageous punk-rock sex scandal expose.
Mickey Leigh is actually Mickey Lee Hyman, the brother of Jeffry Ross Hyman, who is better known to all of us as Joey Ramone.
Leigh has written “I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir,” and he’ll be reading from his book at the theater beginning at 8:30pm Saturday. There will also be a Q&A discussion and book-signing session.
The book session will be followed at 10pm by a performance by the band STOP! featuring Leigh on guitar and vocals, as well as drummer Pat Carpenter and bassist James Llerandi.
Leigh’s own musical resume is impressive in its own right. In 1977, Leigh and world renowned rock journalist Lester Bangs formed the band Birdland. Two years later, he formed the Rattlers, who were hailed by Robert Christgau as “bridging the musical gap between the Who and the Sex Pistols,” in a review of their album, “Rattled.”
His next band, Crown the Good, was signed to Epic Records in 1988. And in 1992, he teamed up with Handsome Dick Manitoba in the Pug Uglies. In 1994, Leigh joined forces with Joey Ramone as Sibling Rivalry and released the EP “In a Family Way” on Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles label.
Leigh has been leading STOP! since 1996, and the band was hailed by Tom Gogola of Guitar World (and formerly of Metroland) as “one of the five best punk rock and roll bands in the world.”
Tickets for Saturday’s reading and rocking at the Bearsville Theater are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.