While recently interviewing Marky Ramone for Songfacts, the former Ramones drummer explained the importance of getting a good education:
“So I had to finish high school, and I had to go to night school and summer school, because I was busy rehearsing with the group [the early ’70s proto-metal group, Dust]. So to me, I knew what my calling was – the music business. Being in high school, I really didn’t learn anything. But education is important, and back then, it was different – you could get away with just a high school education. Today – and this is very important for all you young readers – stay in college, go to college, no matter what you have to do, because it’s a different world now.”
Also in the interview, Marky talks about such Ramones classics as “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?”, and “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” playing in the oft-overlooked early punk band, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, and his new autobiography, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone.
Check out the entire interview here.
Photo of Marky and Andrew WK by Bob Gruen.