-----Original Message-----Dear Mr. Sewell,
From: vera davie
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2008 1:41 PM
Subject: Dee Dee Ramone interview featured in "Addicts Out of the Dark and into the Light" by Chris Keeley
My name is Vera Ramone. It has come to my attention my ex-husband Dee Dee Ramone provided an an interview for Mr. Keeley
that has been written in the above mentioned book . There is a part towards the end of the interview where
Dee Dee states thet in 78' I met my wife-to-be, Vera...........I was still addicted to heroin. A full fledged junkie
and Connie she tried and tried to get me off of it.... Chris Keeley made an error in that statement , it was I (Vera)
NOT Connie who tried and tried to get him off the heroin. Connie by then had been dead for more than 10 years by
then. Dee Dee and I were married from1978 to 1995. I would very much appreciate it if you could correct that error in
future printings of the book. Also, if you could e-mail to me a corrected version of this error I would be greatful. I also
have a book coming out in June 2009. It is called "Poisoned Heart" I married Dee Dee Ramone -the RAMONES years by
Vera Ramone King and it contradicts what my book says and will leave the reader misinformed and confused. I was told by
my atty. to contact you and ask that you can send me the corrected version because my publisher would like to see it.
If you choose to to you may e-mail it to me or you can fax it to me. Which ever is better for you. Sorry, if this causes
you any inconvenience. I'll be waiting to hear from you. Thank-you for your co-operation.
to veraramone cc date Dec 18, 2008 2:58 PM subject Dee Dee's story in my book mailed-by gmail.com
Vera,I have republished the book Addict out of the dark and into the light. The book was made by verbatim transcripts from the people provideing to me their life stories. I have the tape recordings in a sfaety deposit box. All the stories were in 1988. So Dee Dee's personal story was recorded in august or september 1988. The transcript is verbatum of what he said. I do not intend to change anything as he signed a release to give permission to use his story.Respectfully,Chris Keeley
Dee Dee R.I.P.
Not currently planning any further printings of the book, Mr. Keeley may be doing so and might be more help. If it hasn't come up yet, let me remind you that the item you are talking about was taking from Mr. Ramone's verbal statements on an audio cassette, so the statements he made are truely his statements even if he had said the mood was square. I congratulate you on your new book and you'll get no trouble from either myself or Mr. Keeley. All we want to do is help get the word out that recovery is possible and actually happens! Like all early, ground-breaking efforts, individuals who are willing to commit themselves to action accept that mistakes will be made.
If this response is not sufficient, let me know. If I ever undertake to print further editions, the changes you request will be made unless I am told differently by Mr. Keeley. I act on his behalf. While I am sure it makes considerable difference to you, quotes from Mr. Ramone are simply errors of memory and not intentionally hurtful either by him or by us. Thanks for contacting me and if we can help further, please let me know.
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