The death of Joey Ramone in the summer of 2001 and Dee Dee Ramone in June 2002 provided ample evidence of the high regard that his band was held by fans and critics. Once regarded as a joke, their music little more than an adrenaline rush of one minute five second ise, The Ramones have come to be regarded as having influenced almost every star struck guitarist who knew just three chords and wanted to write a song.
Everett True is a former Assistant Editor at Melody Maker and editor of Vox who has written the definitive account of grunge, Live Through This. He currently lives in Brighton where he edits his own music magazine Careless Talk Costs Lives. His favourite Ramones album is It's Alive.