The year before he died of prostrate cancer in 2004, Johnny Ramone appeared in 16th place on the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list in Rolling Stone and was listed on Time magazine’s 10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players of all time. Eight years after his death, the autobiography of punk band The Ramones guitarist will be released. From The Wall Street Journal:
Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone is set for release April 2 by Abrams Image. In an interview Tuesday, his widow, Linda, described the book as “kind of his last word that he knew would be out.”
“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 added later. “That is the biggest, most powerful thing, writing a book when you know you’re dying.”
So just what took so long in publishing Johnny Romone’s final words?
She said several factors were responsible for the delay in the book’s release, including lawsuits involving the band after Ramone died and other projects she was undertaking for his fans.
“Between all those years of doing different things for his legacy, I always had the book. But there was never the right time for the book,” she said.
Linda said her husband never stopped working on the book, even during chemotherapy treatments.
“He wasn’t feeling well all the time, but that never stopped Johnny,” she said. “Johnny was indestructible.”