I read "On the Road with the Ramones". Wasn't that an oral history? Great book. It's amazing that without this group, they all would have been just a bunch of individual misfits(except Tommy the original drummer, who could of got by just on producing records if he had wanted to and Marky who could have been a session drummer). Joey Ramone would have been on SSI basically. Dee Dee probably would have died sooner and would have never got to show what a great writer he was. It probably would have never occured to him to be like William S. Burroughs or Jack Kerouac. As for Johnny, probably would have been in construction, a factory, or a criminal. Thank goodness for the Ramones just for saving this guys from destroying themselves.
I really liked Sweat:The Story of the Fleshtones as well. Did you read that yet? I think you'd really like it.
"Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung" and "Mainlines, Bloodfeasts, and Bad Taste" by Lester Bangs
"Unsung Heroes of Rock and Roll: The Birth of Rock in the Wild Years Before Elvis" by Nick Tosches
"Unknown Legends of Rock and Roll" by Richie Unteberger
"Stairway to Hell" by Chuck Eddy
On my Reading List:
"Hellfire" and "Country" by Nick Tosches
"The Aesthetics of Rock" by Richard Meltzer
"Lipstick Traces" by Greil Marcus
"Black Monk Time" by Eddie Shaw