Stephen B. Armstrong “I Don’t Care About History: How Cult Punk Rockers The Ramones Made Their Mark on Cinema”
Film historian and Utah Tech Professor Stephen B. Armstrong details the fascinating production history of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979). In his book I Want You Around: The Ramones and the Makings of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (Backbeat, 2023).
Armstrong explains his inspiration and process behind compiling the first-ever, story-behind-the-story of the Roger Corman-produced American musical comedy film. Armstrong conducted interviews with many of the people who contributed to the movie’s creation, including director Allen Arkush, uncredited co-director Joe Dante, screenwriter Joseph McBride, producer Michael Finnell, Ramones’ tour manager Monte A. Melnick, actress P.J. Soles, and Corman himself. Learn the strange and remarkable saga of how a band called “the first true punk rock group” ended up starring in a beloved and enduring cult film.
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