School is in session and Marky Ramone is head of the class! The Alamo Drafthouse has partnered with the Long Center for a once-in-a-lifetime pairing of punk rock’s most iconic drummer, and the classic film that thrust The Ramones into the spotlight: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL! Guest blogger Michael Taylor takes over Long Story Short to talk about the cult classic, the Ramones, and good ol’ rock and roll.
For those of us too far awa, and too young to have seen NYC punk rock in it’s CBGB heyday, the Ramones appearance in the 1979 cult classic “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School” was our first introduction. Their performance in the film made lifelong fans out of every Generation X kid who saw it.
The film is a giddy blast from the past, a Roger Corman produced flick that transcends its meager budget with a timeless tale of kids vs. teachers, and a diehard Ramones fan’s dream to have the group play her high school.
The Ramones were a staple in my musical menu, and they remain as timelessly cool. Their concise blasts of melodic punk, their iconic musical logo, and their denim, leather and mop-top uniform will never go out of style.
While the original founding members of the group are no longer with us, Marky Ramone, the drummer on many of the band’s most memorable releases, continues to carry the torch. His new memoir PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG: MY LIFE AS A RAMONE, chronicles the ups, downs, and unique trajectory of the infamous group in an entertaining off-the-cuff style appropriate to their triumphs and misadventures.
So it’s a punk rock fan’s dream come true to Hey ho, let’s go to see a screening of “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School” at the Long Center on January 26th. The event, in association with the Alamo Drafthouse, will feature an introduction to the film by Marky himself, as well as an extended Q&A of his storied career once the film concludes. Tickets also include an autographed copy of PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG.
So don’t miss out on the fun fun. This is an event Ramones fans won’t wanna miss!
Michael Taylor is a local Austinite who writes about the best in alternative rock, cult classic films, TV, and other geek pop culture goodness on his blog smellslikeinfinitesadness.com. Tickets to Rock ‘N’ Roll High School with Marky Ramone are now available and going fast!