Mickey Leigh

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Mickey Leigh
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Background information
Birth name Mitchel Lee Hyman
Born (1954-07-15) July 15, 1954 (age 64)
Forest Hills, New York, US
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active 1977–present
Associated acts Lester Bangs, The Rattlers, STOP, Sibling Rivalry, Harry Slash
Website www.mickeyleigh.com

Mitchel Lee Hyman (born July 15, 1954), [1] best known by his stage name Mickey Leigh, is an American musician and writer. He is the brother of Joey Ramone, lead vocalist of the punk rock band Ramones. [1]

Joey Ramone American musician and singer-songwriter

Jeffrey Ross Hyman, known professionally as Joey Ramone, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones. Joey Ramone's image, voice, and tenure as frontman of the Ramones made him a countercultural icon.

Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels and other informal channels.

Ramones American punk rock band

The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are sometimes cited as the first true punk rock group. Despite achieving only limited commercial success initially, the band was highly influential in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Career

Mickey Leigh formed his first band at the age of 10. At the age of 14 Leigh was playing in a band with John Cummings (Johnny Ramone) and Tommy Erdelyi (Tommy Ramone). [2] In 1977 he formed a band, Birdland, with music journalist Lester Bangs. [3] The group recorded nine songs which were finally released in 1986, four years after Bangs' death, on the album Birdland with Lester Bangs . Creem magazine described it as “the best rock ‘n’ roll album of 1986". [3]

Johnny Ramone American guitarist and songwriter

John William Cummings, known professionally as Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones. He was a founding member of the band, and remained a member throughout their entire career. He died from prostate cancer on September 15, 2004.

Tommy Ramone Hungarian American record producer and musician

Thomas Erdelyi, known professionally as Tommy Ramone, was a Hungarian American record producer, musician, and songwriter. He was the drummer for the influential punk rock band the Ramones for the first four years of the band's existence and was the last surviving original member of the Ramones.

Lester Bangs American music critic and journalist

Leslie Conway "Lester" Bangs was an American music journalist, critic, author, and musician. He wrote for Creem and Rolling Stone magazines, and was known for his leading influence in rock music criticism. The music critic Jim DeRogatis called him "America's greatest rock critic".

Leigh's next band was The Rattlers. The group released two singles and one album in 1985. In 1994 he formed Sibling Rivalry with his brother Joey Ramone. Two years later Leigh recorded an album with his new band STOP. Leigh has also been working as producer for several New York based groups. [4] [5]

The Rattlers were an American rock band formed in the New York City in 1979. It was formed by guitarist/vocalist Mickey Leigh, who is the brother of Joey Ramone.

In 2009 Leigh published the book I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir.

Discography

The following can be verified through AllMusic. [6]

AllMusic Online music database

AllMusic is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands. It launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web.

Albums

The Rattlers

Birdland

STOP

Singles and EPs

The Rattlers

Sibling Rivalry

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References

Notes
  1. 1 2 Leigh 2009, p. 3.
  2. Leigh 2009, p. 36.
  3. 1 2 Leigh 2009, p. 266.
  4. AllMusic.com Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  5. Mickey Leigh Official Homepage
  6. "Mickey Leigh | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic . Retrieved 2014-01-20.
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