Stephen B. ArmstrongOct 27, 2023
I Want You Around
The Ramones and the Making of Rock 'n' Roll High School
Backbeat Books 2023
Stephen Armstrong's new book I Want You Around: The Ramones and the Making of Rock-n-Roll High School (Backbeat Books, 2023), provides 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 its creation, including director Allan Arkush, uncredited co-director Joe Dante, screenwriter Joseph McBride, producer Michael Finnell, the Ramones' tour manager, Monte A. Melnick, and Roger Corman. Armstrong not only engages in the production of this classic film, but also examines the life of director Allan Arkush and the events that brought him to directing with film for New World Pictures. Armstrong also tells the story of the Ramones, giving insight into their experiences becoming the band that help Riff Randell and the students of Vince Lombardi High as they rebel against the tyrannical Principal Togar and blow up their school.
Rebekah Buchanan is a Professor of English and Director of English Education at Western Illinois University. Her research focuses on feminism, activism, and literacy practices in youth culture, specifically through zines and music.