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Vera Ramone King , Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years)

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Join Vera Ramone King as she talks about new book " Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years)" Vera was married to the legendary punk rocker and they were often referred to as "Punk Rocks Royal Couple". Vera and Dee Dee, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and Grammy Award Winner of the Ramones were married from 1978 to 1995. Vera toured extensively with the Ramones living the punk era first hand.  Often regarded as the first punk-rock group ever, named one of Rolling Stone magazine's Top 50 Bands of All Time, with all members having been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Ramones are nothing if not legendary. Waking up the neighbors and setting the U.S. music scene on fire in the 1970s and through the '80s, The Ramones' story is tragic and raw, sentiments that could also describe the band's songwriter, bass player, and unsung genius, Dee Dee. A wild ride into the heart and soul of New York City, Poisoned Heart is Vera Ramones King's last testament to her former husband, who shocked the world when he died in 2002 of a drug overdose despite having been clean for years.  Dee Dee defined the punk-rock lifestyle. He was a rash, often violent heroin addict, and no one better understood his twisted mentality, or insanity, than faithful wife Vera. But Vera, herself a less destructive Nancy to Dee Dee's Sid also came to know the Dee Dee that music fans worldwide held near and dear: a generous, loving man who had a soft spot for bums, who grew up in the tough streets of Queens, who never stopped working, writing, and performing, who often treated his wife like a Punk Rock Princess, and whose greatest joy was the look on his fans' faces as he played them a song. 
 

 

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