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Dee Dee Ramone doesn't quite know what he's getting himself into when he and his wife Barbara move into the squalid Chelsea Hotel with their dog Banfield. He spends most of his time trying to score drugs and walking Banfield, with whom he can magically communicate. Meanwhile, he can't stand his neighbors and shies away from violence, but wishes everyone were six feet under Dee Dee Ramone doesn't quite know what he's getting himself into when he and his wife Barbara move into the squalid Chelsea Hotel with their dog Banfield. He spends most of his time trying to score drugs and walking Banfield, with whom he can magically communicate. Meanwhile, he can't stand his neighbors and shies away from violence, but wishes everyone were six feet under. He also thinks that the room he's staying in is the very room where his old friend Sid Vicious stabbed Nancy Spungen, and begins having nightmares of Nancy emerging from the bathroom with a knife wound. After one of his nightmares, an evil force enters his hotel room and hurls him against a wall. Dee Dee also gets involved with the transvestite lover of one of his gay fellow addicts. When his wife finds out, the two fight it out and become seriously wounded. During all this, Dee Dee is tormented by the living and dead demons that plague the hotel, along with the ghosts of his old dead punk rock friends Sid Vicious, Johnny Thunders and Stiv Bators. And that's when the Devil himself decides to join the party…


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Dee Dee Ramone doesn't quite know what he's getting himself into when he and his wife Barbara move into the squalid Chelsea Hotel with their dog Banfield. He spends most of his time trying to score drugs and walking Banfield, with whom he can magically communicate. Meanwhile, he can't stand his neighbors and shies away from violence, but wishes everyone were six feet under Dee Dee Ramone doesn't quite know what he's getting himself into when he and his wife Barbara move into the squalid Chelsea Hotel with their dog Banfield. He spends most of his time trying to score drugs and walking Banfield, with whom he can magically communicate. Meanwhile, he can't stand his neighbors and shies away from violence, but wishes everyone were six feet under. He also thinks that the room he's staying in is the very room where his old friend Sid Vicious stabbed Nancy Spungen, and begins having nightmares of Nancy emerging from the bathroom with a knife wound. After one of his nightmares, an evil force enters his hotel room and hurls him against a wall. Dee Dee also gets involved with the transvestite lover of one of his gay fellow addicts. When his wife finds out, the two fight it out and become seriously wounded. During all this, Dee Dee is tormented by the living and dead demons that plague the hotel, along with the ghosts of his old dead punk rock friends Sid Vicious, Johnny Thunders and Stiv Bators. And that's when the Devil himself decides to join the party…

30 review for Chelsea Horror Hotel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I loved this book. When I went to the big box bookstore and saw they had one copy of it I clutched it to my chest as if everyone else in there wanted it as well. I loved the mix of fact and fiction, such as Sid Vicious saving him when we all know he couldn't save himself. I think you do need a understanding of Punk Rock to enjoy this book, but then again if you didn't already have that why would you be reading a book written by one of the Ramones?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    I don't believe that this book would have seen the light of day if it hadn't been written by Dee Dee Ramone. And I use the term "written" in a purely mechanical sense here. This novel is full of choppy paragraphs, misused words, and clumsy segueways (when they exist at all). I wish I'd gotten it from a library or borrowed it instead of paying full price for a copy. It's a quick read, so I'll probably just go ahead and finish it just because it won't take long and I hate leaving a book partially- I don't believe that this book would have seen the light of day if it hadn't been written by Dee Dee Ramone. And I use the term "written" in a purely mechanical sense here. This novel is full of choppy paragraphs, misused words, and clumsy segueways (when they exist at all). I wish I'd gotten it from a library or borrowed it instead of paying full price for a copy. It's a quick read, so I'll probably just go ahead and finish it just because it won't take long and I hate leaving a book partially-read. ETA: Then again, this was another of those rare instances in which I simply gave up on a book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Giuliano

    Dee Dee Ramone was a brilliant songwriter and an inspiring musician. According to those who knew him, he was also bipolar, a pathological liar, and often a rather complicated person to deal with. According to me, for what it's worth, his storywriting was absolutely not on par with his songwriting. In this semi-biographical novel the real life whiny Dee Dee experiences dizzying (for the reader) mood swings within the same page if not the same paragraph, whereas the fictional horror parts lack rhy Dee Dee Ramone was a brilliant songwriter and an inspiring musician. According to those who knew him, he was also bipolar, a pathological liar, and often a rather complicated person to deal with. According to me, for what it's worth, his storywriting was absolutely not on par with his songwriting. In this semi-biographical novel the real life whiny Dee Dee experiences dizzying (for the reader) mood swings within the same page if not the same paragraph, whereas the fictional horror parts lack rhythm and fail to impress. Grammar is also, at times, rather shaky. What really made me cringe was, on the final chapter, reading of a Fender "percussion" (should be "Precision") bass. Editing mistake? Can't really recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin M.

    "Chelsea Horror Hotel" was a bit of a mess-- almost like the legendary punk rocker Dee Dee Ramone began writing with the intent to document a memoir about his experiences at his home,the historic Chelsea Hotel, but then part way through either got too bored or stoned to stay on point. The end result is a very stream of consciousness, triply, violent story that gives the reader a lot of insight on his thoughts about growing old and, simultaneously, an understanding of his very serious drug proble "Chelsea Horror Hotel" was a bit of a mess-- almost like the legendary punk rocker Dee Dee Ramone began writing with the intent to document a memoir about his experiences at his home,the historic Chelsea Hotel, but then part way through either got too bored or stoned to stay on point. The end result is a very stream of consciousness, triply, violent story that gives the reader a lot of insight on his thoughts about growing old and, simultaneously, an understanding of his very serious drug problem. It's sad that "Chelsea Horror Hotel" wasn't regarded as a warning sign by those close to Ramone. (The book's ending is a case of real-life foreshadowing.) The story is a bit difficult to make heads or tails of, but I think this quote from "Chelsea Horror Hotel" really sums up the whole book and Ramone's life: "...instead my childish desires to take some dope and play punk rock music and hang around negative people were stronger than my instinct for survival." I struggled to finish this one and felt very sad by the end: it's labeled "fiction," but what I got out of "Chelsea Horror Hotel" was that Ramone saw his future and didn't even try to stop it. I feel like this story is worth taking a look at if only to take a glimpse at Dee Dee Ramone's long-time love/hate relationship with this culturally important, now very seedy hotel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    Chelsea Horror Hotel by Dee Dee Ramone This is a great Novel by Dee Dee Ramone where in he seems to be writing his own demise and entry into the afterlife, set in the Chelsea Hotel in the late 1990's Dee Dee who makes himself the star of the book is down on his luck and no longer even owns a guitar he is living at the Chelsea Hotel and from time to time playing in a Ramones tribute band as no one from the band talks to Joey anymore! He then depicts the hotel and the people who stay there as like Chelsea Horror Hotel by Dee Dee Ramone This is a great Novel by Dee Dee Ramone where in he seems to be writing his own demise and entry into the afterlife, set in the Chelsea Hotel in the late 1990's Dee Dee who makes himself the star of the book is down on his luck and no longer even owns a guitar he is living at the Chelsea Hotel and from time to time playing in a Ramones tribute band as no one from the band talks to Joey anymore! He then depicts the hotel and the people who stay there as like the 7 circles of Hell and he takes us on a drug fuelled journey through them that ends with him joining the S.K.U.L.L.S. hells own house band featuring Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, Stiv Bators and Sid Viscious how it all goes down and what happens reads like the script of a zombie horror flick and is at times queasy but always gripping, if you like The Ramones and are interested in New York rock or the Chelsea Hotel this book is a must read it's published by Thunder's mouth Press go and buy a copy now... Oh and someone should make this into a movie soon!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Craigtator

    Impossible book to rate. Understand that it's a Burroughs inspired hallucinogenic set of semi interconnected vignettes written by a heroin addicted bipolar musician that specialized in writing songs that averaged about two minutes in length. If any part of that sounds horrifying to you, be forewarned. I personally thought it was weird, silly, sophomoric, and funny. Like, you know, a Ramones song.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Missfit

    I very much wanted to like this book but it was a mess. Although there were parts that I liked, or at least the ideas, it was just barley ok at best. In a sense of was insightful and foretelling. I could feel that I was in his mind as his heroin laden blood spilled over the pages. His"writing style" (if you can call it that) was terrible. Sure, it was part of what made it insightful, but it also killed it. Well, partially. The were plenty of times in the book certain kinds of people were spoken I very much wanted to like this book but it was a mess. Although there were parts that I liked, or at least the ideas, it was just barley ok at best. In a sense of was insightful and foretelling. I could feel that I was in his mind as his heroin laden blood spilled over the pages. His"writing style" (if you can call it that) was terrible. Sure, it was part of what made it insightful, but it also killed it. Well, partially. The were plenty of times in the book certain kinds of people were spoken of in pretty awful, close-minded ways.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    This is what would happen if you took the notebook doodles of a drug addicted teenage metal head and attempted to turn them into a story. I don't know what else I expected reading a novel by Dee Dee Ramone. At times this is surprisingly eloquent and coherent, but most of the it is a lot of puking on corpses, eyeballs popping out, pirhanas eating living people in bathtubs, roaches, mice, and filth. It's a glimpse into the mind of Dee Dee which is a pretty unnerving place to spend 250 pages. Good This is what would happen if you took the notebook doodles of a drug addicted teenage metal head and attempted to turn them into a story. I don't know what else I expected reading a novel by Dee Dee Ramone. At times this is surprisingly eloquent and coherent, but most of the it is a lot of puking on corpses, eyeballs popping out, pirhanas eating living people in bathtubs, roaches, mice, and filth. It's a glimpse into the mind of Dee Dee which is a pretty unnerving place to spend 250 pages. Good luck.

  9. 4 out of 5

    kevin Guarino

    Great Book by a Great Man The book was way out there but enjoyable to read. It certainly does not read like a novel but a snapshot of what was running around inside his head. You can understand now why he write great songs.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Craig Keyes

    Rock Star Creative Non-fiction. Dark and grimy like life can be.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa of LaCreeperie

    Yeesh. Well that was weird. Mildly interesting/amusing at first, then descended too far into too much madness for me. 😳

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    I read this when I was too young to understand it, but even now it's such a weird and crazy influence.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Greta is Erikasbuddy

    I have to give this book 5 stars because I was glued to it. Was it an awesome book? Well, it was but only because you are scratching your noggin a lot and going "WTF" a bunch more. Dee Dee Ramone basically wrote fan fiction of himself and in my opinion is about as paranoid as Dale Gribble. He's super hung up on Sid Viscous and the devil and the movie The Exorcist. And I really have to wonder if the dude ever had a dog. I mean, does he have a thing against dogs? Or was it for shock value because kick I have to give this book 5 stars because I was glued to it. Was it an awesome book? Well, it was but only because you are scratching your noggin a lot and going "WTF" a bunch more. Dee Dee Ramone basically wrote fan fiction of himself and in my opinion is about as paranoid as Dale Gribble. He's super hung up on Sid Viscous and the devil and the movie The Exorcist. And I really have to wonder if the dude ever had a dog. I mean, does he have a thing against dogs? Or was it for shock value because kicking the bejeepers out of a fictional dog can't hurt anything because duh... it's paper. And did he really think he could get HIV the way he thought? What about rabies? What about Tiger Leprosy? I can only assume that this was written pre-9/11. It was published in 2001. I think if this was written post 9/11 then the story probably would have him paranoid about terrorist. It's not the best written thing in the world. But seriously, everyone needs to read this. It felt like I stole someone's diary. Loved it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Markmisfit5000

    The fact that DeeDee Ramone was able to write this is, in of itself, amazing. Now for the reality, it is horrible. Absolutlely horrible. The real horror in this book is the sad attempt of DeeDee confronting his Id and all the things that it took away. Of course, the horrors of his life are centered at Chelsea hotel because Sid Vicious' life ended there (Nancy actually died there but Sid's love for life ended when she died). Many others who DeeDee knew died in the same area, but perhaps not at th The fact that DeeDee Ramone was able to write this is, in of itself, amazing. Now for the reality, it is horrible. Absolutlely horrible. The real horror in this book is the sad attempt of DeeDee confronting his Id and all the things that it took away. Of course, the horrors of his life are centered at Chelsea hotel because Sid Vicious' life ended there (Nancy actually died there but Sid's love for life ended when she died). Many others who DeeDee knew died in the same area, but perhaps not at the Chelsea. The novel features the ghosts of DeeDee's friends, or those who his fans would like to think of as his friends. The dialogue is tired, stupid, and inane. The story plunges into nowhere and never comes back out. This is simply an avenue for DeeDee to make more money out of his long-gone band. While I respect all acting Ramone band members, I have to say DeeDee was the sellout and was not an honorable person. Maybe musically creative, but certainly not literary. Buy this book for the avid Ramone Collector but no one else. Anybody else would die of fright from the horrors within.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Violet_violence

    From review from amazon.com: "This is quite possibly one of the strangest, disjointed bizarre books I have ever read...since Burroughs' Naked Lunch. Dee Dee, as the central character, seeks to and ultimately manages to injest every hardcore drug possible. And he still finds the time to kill a transvestite, encounter the ghosts of junkies past and communicate with his dog. (Which is reminiscient of the post-apocalyptic film, A Boy & His Dog) The book is sickening but not in a blood and guts way. I From review from amazon.com: "This is quite possibly one of the strangest, disjointed bizarre books I have ever read...since Burroughs' Naked Lunch. Dee Dee, as the central character, seeks to and ultimately manages to injest every hardcore drug possible. And he still finds the time to kill a transvestite, encounter the ghosts of junkies past and communicate with his dog. (Which is reminiscient of the post-apocalyptic film, A Boy & His Dog) The book is sickening but not in a blood and guts way. It's sickening in a 'junkie-rollercoaster-stream of consioucness' way. The lack of lucidity and continuity tends to be like a carnival ride. Burroughs isn't dead, he's just hiding in Dee Dee Ramone's body. Simply put: if this were made into a movie it would be directed by David Cronenberg or David Lynch."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dustin

    I really wanted to like this book. Dee Dee is a terrific lyricist, but his short, repetitive style doesn't translate into prose. There are flashes of brilliance here and there ("I saw my skull instead of my face" is one such moment) but overall this book is an incomprehensible mess. The narrative jumps around with little to no segues and things escalate for no reason whatsoever. It's a shame because in theory this book sounded great- dead rock stars coming back to haunt / visit Dee Dee Ramone be I really wanted to like this book. Dee Dee is a terrific lyricist, but his short, repetitive style doesn't translate into prose. There are flashes of brilliance here and there ("I saw my skull instead of my face" is one such moment) but overall this book is an incomprehensible mess. The narrative jumps around with little to no segues and things escalate for no reason whatsoever. It's a shame because in theory this book sounded great- dead rock stars coming back to haunt / visit Dee Dee Ramone before also meeting the devil. How could that not be fun? Had Ramone co-authored this another writer, perhaps one who had a greater grasp of writing novels, it would have been much better. On the plus side, it's a short read so those who choose to read the whole thing can finish it in a weekend or less. Though honestly, it'd be less painful to listen to every bit of music he's ever recorded instead, and that includes 'Standing in the Spotlight'.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Litberg

    My roommate recommended this book on the basis of its insanity alone, and insane it certainly is. While living in the haunted Chelsea hotel, the former Ramone relays a whirlwind life of drugs, hallucinations, and visits with dead punk rockers, including Sid Vicious and Johnny Thunders. Dee Dee is not exactly a literary genius, but he sure can tell a crazy story--one that fluctuates somewhere between the train wreck you can't stop staring at and an actual compelling read. If you have a weak stoma My roommate recommended this book on the basis of its insanity alone, and insane it certainly is. While living in the haunted Chelsea hotel, the former Ramone relays a whirlwind life of drugs, hallucinations, and visits with dead punk rockers, including Sid Vicious and Johnny Thunders. Dee Dee is not exactly a literary genius, but he sure can tell a crazy story--one that fluctuates somewhere between the train wreck you can't stop staring at and an actual compelling read. If you have a weak stomach I wouldn't recommend this book--lots of disgusting scenes involving blood, bugs, vomit, and the like--and be warned that its extremely violent. But its quite funny at times in its psychotic, "WTF?" kind of way, and it goes down quickly.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Written as no one else could have, these chapters, which start out pretty coherent, then turn into a real, wild-dee-dee ride, are complete with adventures while dog-walking, hair-raising nightmares, weird hotel inhabitants, and the ghosts of johnny thunders and sid vicious--zip through days of lunacy in the life of Dee Dee Ramone at the old, renowned Chelsea Hotel. While I believe that some of the incidents actually happened, the majority of the book is Dee Dee's own gleeful and crazy imaginatio Written as no one else could have, these chapters, which start out pretty coherent, then turn into a real, wild-dee-dee ride, are complete with adventures while dog-walking, hair-raising nightmares, weird hotel inhabitants, and the ghosts of johnny thunders and sid vicious--zip through days of lunacy in the life of Dee Dee Ramone at the old, renowned Chelsea Hotel. While I believe that some of the incidents actually happened, the majority of the book is Dee Dee's own gleeful and crazy imagination, and I recommend that every Dee Dee and Ramones fan add this to their collection as soon as humanly possible. *now* is a good time!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Being a Ramones fan, I borrowed this book more out of curiosity than fanaticism. Yikes. I was skimming by the last 50 pages. It was a 200+ page drone about Dee Dee Ramone's drugged out existence at the Chelsea Hotel in NYC complete with long running hallucinations of his dead former rocker "friends", his talking dog Banfield, and cockroaches. Poorly written, although I suspect the more acid I take the more stars I would have given it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Stone

    I read this book a few years ago for the novelty of it. I love The Ramones and love Dee Dee. With that said, outside of song lyrics, Dee Dee writes pure shit. The writing in this book is so dreadful that it is entertaining. If you consider yourself a Ramones fan, then you need to read this book. But I can honestly say Dee Dee was a better rapper (Dee Dee King) than he was a novelist. So please, do not buy this book thinking that their is any literary merit in it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Corinne Horne

    This was an interesting read. I can't say I didn't like it, though. I found it as interesting as it was strange. I'm sure it was fueled by drugs, with the strange mutations and incredible circumstances. I feel this isn't a beginner's book, or for one who doesn't know who Dee Dee Ramone is. This is him to the tee.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Dee Dee Ramone was not a good writer. If he had not been a Ramone, he would've been laughed out of any publisher's office. However, even with that said, his pseudo-not-so-autobiographical novel was entertaining. Definitely one of the weirdest books I've read. Give it a try, don't expect too much, and you might enjoy it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    It was okay. Kind of a punk-rock "Fear and Loathing" on way more acid. Got a little "woe is me" and rockstar chic at times, and there really wasn't any flow to it that I could pick up on. Just a bunch of random stuff happening. Gets pretty twisted from about the midpoint on. Again, not bad, but not great.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Dee Dee was always my favorite Ramone, and I so enjoyed his autobiographies. I have an absolutel obsession with the Chelsea Hotel, and was really looking forward to this book. The first 1/3 of this book is great. The rest of it is just horrible - a paranoid, obviously junkie-written diatribe that rarely makes sense. Disappointing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marian

    As a Ramones fan, I was excited to read this. It turned out to be a drug-induced rant and I'm not really sure what was going on. I don't think Dee Dee was sure either. The only clear things seem to be the Chelsea Hotel is probably not a nice place to stay and Dee Dee Ramone was very much driven by addiction. Glad I read it but not one I'd recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I tried. I tried hard to finish this, under the assumption there must be some point, or some lesson, or some reason for all this hate-filled angst, anger, and diatribe, but I couldn't. That's time in my life I'm never going to get back, time I could have spent doing something more productive, like pulling my toenails off with a pair of pliers. So disappointing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Schuff

    This truly shows the workings of a mentally disturbed person. Sometimes funny and often violent, it could have been written by the character Alex of A Clockwork Orange. And yet how sad and eerily prescient as Dee Dee writes "I know this sounds horrible, but at the same time, what I really wanted the most was to die. I wanted to die quickly and stoned with a needle in my arm."

  28. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Graves

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Listen, I liked this book because it was SOOOO bad! While I was reading it, I would send emails to my friends of some of the insane writing style of Dee Dee Ramone. I'm not suggesting that you buy this book, but if someone gives it to you, you should read it for kicks.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gerry LaFemina

    A punk rock horror novel with little to say about it other than it's a romp if you let yourself laugh with it. The ghost of Sid Vicious, lots of junkie name dropping (hello Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan), and a talking dog all show up. I just had hoped for more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Dee Dee goes to summer camp and writes a book about what he misses from home.

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