End of the Century: The Story of The Ramones
Time Out says
This is a largely sympathetic look at a group that could never cash in on the kind of witty, radio-friendly pop-punk sounds since imitated by everybody from the Pixies to Busted. Sympathetic, but even-handed: Johnny, the bowl-haired guitarist and de facto leader, is presented as an intractable, unfeeling right-wing disciplinarian, but one whose determination kept the band together and provided much of their dynamic. Johnny (who died last year) and singer Joey (who died in 2001) fell out in the early-’80s over a girl (later Johnny’s wife) – an experience that Joey exorcised in ‘The KKK Took My Baby Away’ – but they remained colleagues for another decade. It’s that kind of story: through regular turmoil – heroin, Phil Spector and constant caricature – indomitable Johnny and romantic Joey continue to believe that success is just round the corner, until both are forced to accept the inevitable. It’s possible that the band’s shared identity might ultimately have been more of a hindrance than a help; it is to the directors’ credit that the brothers’ individuality is allowed to stick out.