The Society Club is proud to present the launch of Damone Ramone: A Rock and Roll Betrayal, a new novel by Frank Lord that has been described by Gillian McCain (co-author with Legs McNeil of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk) as “the most original rock and roll book ever written.”
The strikingly unusual premise of the novel is that the Ramones were in reality siblings, but hid that fact through the red herring gimmick of pretending to be brothers. The novel’s protagonist is the secret brother, Damone, whose musical masterpiece - a "quartet cycle" entitled Chicks With Dicks Sleep Late - was stolen by his brothers, who used it as the basis for the group's first four albums. He was never given credit for this fact. Instead, he was systematically abused, excluded, ridiculed, and ignored.
Damone Ramone is launching as the Year Of Punk.London comes to a close, a celebration that started on July 4th 2016, the 40th anniversary of the Ramones historic show at the Camden Roundhouse. Framing the significance of this date New York's own Danny Fields (Ramones manager and subject of the hit documentary Danny Says) states, “I’ve always believed that London 'owns' punk.” About Damone Ramone, Danny says the book is “brilliant, imaginative, sardonic, nasty, surreal (of course), and hilarious. Perhaps THE masterpiece of rock and roll fiction.”
Join us from 7pm for an interview with the author, readings from the book, an introduction by Danny, and special guests.