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June 9, 2015

Episode 222: Rock 'N' Roll High School (1979)

Special Guests: Allan Arkush, Dean Cundey, Russ Dvonch, Clint Howard, Joseph McBride, PJ Soles, Richard Whitley, Mary Woronov, Dey Young
Guest Co-Host: Adam Schartoff

School's out for summer and we're talking Rock 'N' Roll High School, the 1979 film starring The Ramones. Riff Randell (PJ Soles), a rock & roll fan, wants to get her song to The Ramones. Meanwhile, her friend Kate Rambeau (Dey Young) searches for her first love. It's a tale of loud music, exploding mice, pizza and wheat germ.

We're joined by a host of Rock 'N' Roll High School alumni from director Allan Arkush to cinematographer Dean Cundey to writers Russ Dvonch, Richard Whitley, and Joseph McBride to stars PJ Soles, Dey Young, Clint Howard and Mary Woronov.

Also part of the discussion this week is Adam Schartoff of Filmwax Radio.

We also talk about some of the subsequent Rock 'N' Roll films: Rock & Roll Hotel, Rock 'N' Roll High School Forever and Shake, Rattle and Rock.

Listen/Download Now:

Listen/Download Bonus Interviews Now:

Buy Rock N Roll High School on Blu-Ray
Buy I Want You Around: The Ramones and the Making of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School by Stephen B. Armstrong
Buy End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones on DVD
Buy Ramones Mania on CD
Buy Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone by Marky Ramone
Buy Swimming Underground: My time at Andy Warhol's Factory by Mary Woronov
Buy Soggy Bottom, USA on DVD
Visit the official Dey Young website
Visit the official Joseph McBride website
Visit the official Ramones website
Follow P.J. Soles on Twitter
Follow Clint Howard on Twitter
Read about Rock & Roll Hotel by Dale Brumfield
Read all about the Rock & Roll High School soundtrack and video releases
Read Allan Arkush's Criterion Top Ten
Watch the whole Siskel & Ebert Cult Film episode
Listen to a Ramones Concert from Ann Arbor, 1981
Listen to the We Hate Movies episode on Rock & Roll High School Forever
Listen to our episode on That Guy: Dick Miller
Hear more Joseph McBride on The Projection Booth
Hear more Clint Howard on The Projection Booth
Hear more Dean Cundey on The Projection Booth
Be sure to check out Filmwax Radio

"Rock & Roll High School" - P.J. Soles
"Rock & Roll High School" - The Ramones



  1. I cannot wait to hear this episode! I love "Rock n' Roll High School" with a passion and really look forward to The Projection Booth treatment - I'm sure it'll be a good one, Mr. McGloob!

    1. Just had to check back in and thank you so very much for this episode - your hard work is much appreciated!