BOOK: Marky Ramone’s “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone”

February 27th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone at Skidmore College, 3/26/14

Review and photograph by Thomas Dimopoulos

“Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as A Ramone”
by Marky Ramone with Rich Herschlag
403 pages, $28.
(Touchstone/Simon & Schuster)

“For Christmas 1961, my parents bought me my first transistor radio… a whole new world opened up.”

During the past 45 years, beat-keeper Marky Ramone has had a seat in the downtown Manhattan birthing room of some of the world’s greatest rock and roll happenings. His newly published autobiography, “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as A Ramone,” follows a linear path through the life of the Brooklyn-born drummer from his youngest years to the present day, and as the title suggests, pays considerable homage to his 15 years as a member of the Ramones.

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New Release Rack: Stephen Trombley’s “Tea for Three”

July 29th, 2014, 10:11 am by Greg

Stephen Trombley: Tea For Three

Review by Thomas Dimopoulos

ALBUM: Tea For Three
ARTIST: Stephen Trombley

There’s a noticeable twang to upstater Stephen Trombley’s newest CD – and with good reason. Tea For Three is the Saratoga-raised songwriter’s first release since bolting from the Empire State for the music city skyline of Nashville, Tennessee. And while the six-song EP was written and recorded south of the Mason-Dixon line, Trombley’s studio comrades are men of the world – much like the author, filmmaker and musician himself.

The CD features drummer Charlie Morgan, who spent 13 years pounding the skins behind Elton John; just-north-of-Syracuse A-list bass player Mark Prentice; and multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke, a native of Schenectady.

“It’s a great upstate invasion of Tune Town, plus a hands-across-the-water U.K. pal on drums,” says Trombley, whose creative co-writing foils include veteran hit-makers Fred Koller (who’s been covered by everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Dave Edmunds), Angela Kaset (Lorrie Morgan and Wynonna Judd have performed her songs) and one-time Patti Smith guitarist Oliver Ray.

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