March 20th, 2012 | by Alan Cross
Yes, Johnny passed in 2004 from prostate cancer. But finally, the autobiography he'd been working on at the time of his death is ready. My guess that it's taken this long because it was in rough shape and needed massaging an rewriting by a ghost, not that uncommon a thing in the world of autobiographies.
Here's an excerpt from Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone which is due April 2:
For all my success with the Ramones, I carried around fury and intensity during my career. I had an image, and that image was anger. I was the one who was always scowling, downcast. I tried to make sure I looked like that when I was getting my picture taken.
When I was younger, I was ready to go off at any time. My wife, Linda, and I would go out to the Limelight in New York, and I would see people and be able to freeze them with a look. People were even too scared of me to tell me that people were scared of me.