Friday, February 06, 2009

Dee Dee Ramone DVD Doc Available 10 March 2009

The 2003 documentary "Hey Is Dee Dee Home" plus new bonus short films "History on My Arms" and "Vom In Paris" and a bonus CD.

Description: This is Lech Kowalski's 2003 documentary HEY IS DEE DEE HOME - about the life and times of Ramones bassist and all-star burn out, Dee Dee Ramone (1952-2002) - with new bonus short films History on My Arms and Vom In Paris (each clocking in at just under half an hour) plus a bonus CD. HISTORY ON MY ARMS captures Dee Dee's extraordinary personality in a way that has never been done before. Kowalski was struck by how playful and direct he was with the camera. How he wanted to connect with something inside of himself and expose his true nature. VOM IN PARIS - In Hey Is Dee Dee Home, Dee Dee recounts the now infamous story about what happened between him, Johnny Thunders and Stiv Bators when they got together in Paris in 1989 to form a super punk group. But what really did happen? Kowalski invited Vom Ritchie, currently drummer for Die Toten Hosen, to come to Paris to explain the story as he remembers it. He was the drummer on those sessions and affectionately and vividly differs with what Dee Dee said, but somehow you get the impression that both of them are right. The bonus CD entitled DEE DEE BLUES is a re-mastered collection of guitar recordings Dee Dee made in the early 90's, just for the fun of it with one microphone.

Track Listing/Features:

* History On My Arms
* Hey Is Dee Dee Home
* Vom In Paris
* 26 Street/14 Street /Chelsea Hotel

Bonus Materials:

* Subtitled in Spanish, French and Italian


“He remains a leading example of that brand of self-destructive romantic revolt pioneered in the 19th century by the French poets Charles Baudelaire and Arthur Rimbaud. As extreme as his behavior and music often were, Mr. Ramone also seemed to be a sympathetic and reasonably self-aware person, at least as he is captured here in a sobered-up, 1991 interview that Mr. Kowalski unearthed and placed at the center of this film. Sitting before a fatalistically black background, wearing an art-fully ripped T-shirt that exposes some of his extensive tattoos, Mr. Ramone tells of his dramatic ups and downs in a calm, clear voice ˜ colored by a Queens accent ˜ that invites immediate credibility. 'I've got my history on my arms,' Mr. Ramone says, looking both at the tattoos that document stages of his life and the collapsed veins that testify to his drug use. The film's title is a line from one of Mr. Ramone's most frequently covered compositions, Chinese Rocks” —Dave Kher, New York Times