Los Angeles, CA (May 6th, 2009) – Vera Ramone King, wife of the late Dee Dee Ramone, tells all in Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (Phoenix Books, ISBN 9781597776127, June, 2009). Here is the intimate and shocking story behind the Ramones, widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential rock groups in history. As part of her New York media tour, Vera Ramone King will be signing books on June 8th at the Barnes & Noble store in Tribeca.

“The Ramones were inspired by legendary bands like the New York Dolls and Iggy Pop and the Stooges,” notes Vera Ramone King, “and they dove head-first into the raw and crazy world of music in the 70’s.” With that choice came drugs, adulation and the pressures of stardom, all of which quickly drove Dee Dee Ramone to the edge. And yet Dee Dee was also a brilliant music pioneer who lived and breathed his art and found his greatest joy playing live for ecstatic fans.

“This booksigning provides an exciting opportunity to re-connect with original Ramones fans and to meet new ones,” notes the Poisoned Heart author. A 70’s punk rock princess who ruled New York’s decadent music scene, Vera Ramone King  takes readers on a wild ride that details punk’s rise, fall and ultimate resurrection.

In Poisoned Heart, Vera Ramone King reveals for the first time

The drama and fear surrounding Dee Dee’s first heroin overdose during the filming of Rock n’ Roll High School.

The chaotic story behind the End of the Century recording sessions produced by the notorious Phil Spector

The tumultuous relationships and alliances that led to the band’s breakup

For true fans of the 70’s, and for those just rediscovering their music today, there will never be another band like the Ramones. Featuring dozens of never-before-seen pictures and stories never told before now, Vera Ramone King’s Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone is a must-read for music fans everywhere.

To schedule an interview with Vera Ramone King, please contact:

Brian (Gross) at BSG PR, (818) 340-4422 x202. Email:

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