When Johnny Ramone (Cummings) was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999, shortly after this he began writing an autobiography according to his wife Linda. During his 5 year struggle with cancer he continued to complete the book and finally lost his battle in 2004. The book did still end up being finished and has been finally made its way to the web for pre-order. The book will officially be published on April 4th, 2012, but you can get your order in now through Abrams Image.
The book will feature an opening by Tommy Ramone, which is one of the remaining original members and Lisa Marie Presley who was a long time friend.
Considering how long The Ramones career spans, this ought to be a very good read.
Here’s more about the book:
Raised in Queens, New York, Johnny Ramone founded one of the most influential rock bands of all time, but he never strayed from his blue-collar roots and attitude. He was truly imbued with the angry-young-man spirit that would characterize his persona both on and off stage. Through it all, Johnny kept the band focused and moving forward, ultimately securing their place in music history by inventing punk rock. The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002—two years later, Johnny died of cancer, having outlived two other founding members. Revealing, inspiring, and told on his own terms, this highly designed memoir also features Johnny’s assessment of the Ramones’ albums; a number of eccentric Top Ten lists; rare historical artifacts; and scores of personal and professional photos, many of which have never before been published.