The first of its sort, I Want You Around: The Ramones and the Making of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School provides readers with a detailed production history of this beloved film that draws upon extensive interviews the author has conducted with many of the people who contributed to the movie’s creation, including lead actress P. J. Soles, director Allan Arkush, second-unit director Joe Dante, producer Michael Finnell, the Ramones’ tour manager Monte A. Melnick, and Roger Corman.
Stephen Armstrong is a film historian and author of several books, including Paul Bartel: The Life and Films, Pictures about Extremes: The Films of John Frankenheimer, and Andrew V. McLaglen: The Life and Hollywood Career. A professor of English, he teaches in the Creative Writing and Professional & Technical Writing emphases at Utah Tech University.
"A delicious triple feature for cinema and punk rock fans ... Fans of Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, Roger Corman, and cult movies are going to love this too."—Library Journal (starred review)
"An amazing (and often hilarious) book ... Armstrong has given fans of Rock ‘n Roll High School the exact book they’ve always needed, whether they knew it or not."—Forces of Geek
The Ramones' involvement in Rock 'n' Roll High School was a significant milestone for the band, as it helped them gain more mainstream exposure and recognition. They had a great time working on the movie, and Joey Ramone described the filming process as "a blast." The movie remains a cult classic among punk rock fans and is remembered as a fun, energetic tribute to the music of the Ramones.
There used to be an underground movie theater at Columbus Circle in New York. Is it still there? That's where Tina [Weymouth, bassist, Talking Heads] and I attended a premier of Rock 'n' Roll High School. It was so exciting! The Ramones were the first of the CBGB crowd to make a Hollywood movie.
Loaded with compelling anecdotes, Steve Armstrong’s history of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School is for anybody who loves the Ramones, and who doesn’t love the Ramones?
Rock 'n' Roll High School is a refreshing burst of teenage anarchy. P. J. Soles shines, Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov represent the faculty, and the Ramones supply the rock 'n' roll! Raucous and funny, one of my favorite New World Pictures movies.
"Like the Ramones, this book rocks. Gabba Gabba Hey!"—Zane W. Levitt, producer, Out of the Dark, Guncrazy, Shiloh