Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone

(PR) Beverly Hills publisher Phoenix Books will release Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone by Vera Ramone King (Phoenix Books, June 2009, $22.95).

Featuring dozens of never-before-seen pictures and a foreword by Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads legends Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, here's the real, raw story of the Ramones—one of the greatest rock groups ever—as told by the woman who shared Dee Dee's life.

Dee Dee Ramone defined the punk-rock lifestyle. Rash, often violent, and plagued by his addictions and his own demons, Dee Dee was also a brilliant music pioneer who lived and breathed his art and found his greatest joy playing live for ecstatic fans. Stripping rock n' roll to the basics – three chords, a blaring guitar, chaotic rhythms and often mindless lyrics, the Ramones took the 70's by storm.

In Poisoned Heart, Vera Ramone King reveals for the first time:

• The drama and fear surrounding Dee Dee's first heroin overdose during the filming of Rock n' Roll High School.

• The chaotic story behind the End of the Century recording sessions produced by the notorious Phil Spector.

• The tumultuous relationships and alliances that led to the band's breakup.

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