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Marc Bell (a.k.a Marky Ramone) is best known for the 15 years he spent drumming for the legendary Ramones. Prior to joining the Ramones, Marc played with an array of influential musicians dating back to his high school years when he was a member of the Brooklyn based hard rock band, Dust. Recording two albums with friends, Richie Wise (guitar and vocals) and Kenny Aaronson (bass) for Neil Bogart's Karma Sutra/Buddha label



As Dust was disbanding, Marc began hanging out at Max's Kansas City, where he met Max's house D.J. Wayne County. He joined forces with Wayne to form Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys. Wayne's outrageous stage performance and cross-dressing attracted many and help solidify a cult following. After a year and a half of playing in the New York area and not able to generate record company interest, they decided it was best to move on.



In 1976, Marc was introduced to Richard Hell. Along with Bob Quine and Ivan Julian they formed Richard Hell & the Voidoids. The Voidoids released their groundbreaking debut album in 1977 on Sire Records, entitled "Blank Generation". Shortly after the Voidoids historic U.K. tour with The Clash, Marc found himself at the bar at CBGB with Dee Dee Ramone. Dee Dee asked Marc if he would be interested in joining The Ramones.



The spring of 1978, Marc Bell became Marky Ramone. In a matter of weeks Marky was in the studio recording his first album with The Ramones entitled, "Road to Ruin", which features one of the biggest Ramones songs "I Wanna Be Sedated". The following year the Ramones filmed the cult classic "Rock 'n' Roll High School". Later that year, they joined forces with producer legend, Phil Spector to record "End Of The Century".



After several tours and a two more studio albums, Marky was asked to leave the band 1983, only to rejoin his band mates in 1987. His tenure with the Ramones spanned a total of 15 years and more than 15 releases, including songwriting credits on both Mondo Bizarro and Adios Amigos, the bands farewell release.



In 2000, Marky reunited with long time friend Joey Ramone for Joey's solo effort "Don't Worry About Me". In 2001 the Ramones were inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame. The DVD release, "Raw", a compilation of mostly home videos filmed predominantly by Marky was release in 2004 and entered the Billboard video chart at number 5. Certified gold in three countries and currently the best selling Ramones DVD release to date.



Marky shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to tour the world as Marky Ramones Blitzkrieg. Along with Hilfiger Denim and Rock Scene, Marky will be launching his first worldwide clothing line (in stores 2008-2009). In addition, a documentary covering his entire career and life, titled, "The Job That Ate My Brian" will be release in 2009. He is currently in his fourth year as a D.J. on Sirius Satellite Radio, hosting, 'Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg".

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