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Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk at the Queens Museum

The Ramones By Shepard Farley
L to R: Dee Dee, Tommy, Joey, and Johnny. Portraits of the Original Ramones by Shepard Fairey (All Photos By Gail)

Hey, do you love The Ramones? I sure do; so much so, that I even made the trek, by subway train and foot, all the way out to Flushing Meadows, Corona Park (a long, long ass way) to visit the Queens Museum, where there is a newly-opened exhibit that is all about Forest Hills, Queens favorite sons, the legendary Ramones. Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk, as you can imagine by the title, is pretty sweet.

Queens Museum Crowd
This is Just The Crowd Waiting to Get In to the Exhibit

On the exhibit’s opening day (April 10th) I journeyed out to Queens with an aggregate group of enthusiastic  Ramones Fans, and when we arrived at the museum there was one line to buy tickets to get into the museum, and then another line just to get into the galleries that are showcasing the Ramones exhibit. Holy Mother of god, do I hate waiting on line(s). Fortunately, I know the right people, and one of those people is my friend Anne, who is good pals with Vera Ramone King (Dee Dee Ramone’s first wife, who is a lovely lady) and so we were able to get some Hot VIP Action and skip at least 90 minutes in “The Line Ride,” as I will call it. Mad props to Anne and Vera!

Gail Vera Jana

Here I am with Vera, and musician/songwriter Jana Peri!

Art By Yoshitomo Nara
Art By Yoshitomo Nara That was Commissioned For This Exhibit

In this expansive exhibit, the four original RamonesJoey, Johnny, Tommy and Dee Dee — are most widely represented, along with Tommy’s replacement, drummer Marky Ramone (who had the longest tenure with the band outside of the original four founders), and to a lesser extent members who came along later in the band’s career, CJ and Richie, who show up in a few places. Not unexpectedly, the exhibit’s opening day was a complete madhouse and total party scene. You will learn so much about The Ramones as a group, and about each of them as people, when you visit this exhibit, but I’m going to skip all of that, because I  know that everyone really only wants to see the photos. Enjoy!

Ramones Map

One of the first things you will see when you enter the first of four galleries is this fun, specially commissioned cartoon map by Punk Magazine co-founder John Holmstrom, tracing the band’s path from Forest Hills to the downtown nightclub CBGB.

Ramones Albums
Covers of All of the Ramones Albums

The first gallery is dedicated to the band’s songs and records, as well as memorabilia, swag, props, photos and magazines documenting the very first articles ever written on the band. The exhibit also celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the release of the first Ramones album!

Installation View
Installation View of First Gallery

Johnny Ramone Red T Shirt
Johnny Ramone’s Red T Shirt from the Cover of End of the Century

T Shirts and Swag

Sire Records‘ promotional Ramones swag included T Shirts, actual size and miniature baseball bats, and a letter opener!

Ramones Leave Subway
Ramones Leave Subway

There are so many fantastic black and white photos to wax nostalgic over: from way Back in The Day, when The Ramones were just starting out, playing at the late great CBGB, and influencing every punk band, including now-legends of the British First Wave! Even Joe Strummer (RIP) was not shy about admitting how much The Clash ripped off The Ramones unique sound, in case you cannot hear it for yourself.

Ramones Chrissie Damned
The Ramones with Chrissie Hynde, and Rat Scabies and Brian James from The Damned

Johnny and Tommy
Johnny and Tommy

Ramones at CBs

Joey Ramone Outside CBGB. David Johansen is on the Far Left. Danny Fields and Arturo Vega (Who Created The Ramones Famous Logo), are Also Pictured.

Marky PJ Johnny Dee Dee
Marky with Actress PJ Soles, and Johnny and Dee Dee from the Set of Rock ‘N’ Roll High School

Rock N Roll High School Poster
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School Movie Poster

How great is this movie? I saw it in the theater right here in NYC when it was fist released in 1979. Oldness!

Mark Kostabi with Adios Amigos Album Art

World famous pop artist and our good friend, Mark Kostabi poses with his original artwork for the cover of the final Ramones album, Adios Amigos. Mark told me that while the band loved being depicted as Dinosaurs, they did not want them to be wearing Dunce Caps, so Sombreros were substituted in the final album cover, shown below. Trivia!

Adios Amigos Album Art

Ramones Tour Posters
A Selection of Ramones’ Tour Posters from All Over the Globe

The second gallery is dedicated to The Ramones On Tour. Here you will find posters, laminates, instruments and stage gear, tour riders and other paraphernalia that goes along with being a hard-touring band, which The Ramones were!

Ramones Jeans and Jackets
Amp, with Jeans, T-Shirts and Leather Jackets Worn by The Ramones, Plus Marky’s Autographed Snare Drum

Because of the size of the crowd, I had to beak up this one wall into three shots, left to right.

Ramones Accessories
Sneakers, Microphones, Drum Sticks, Gloves, Glasses, Belt, etc.

Guitars and Amp
Guitars and Tour Case

Ramones and The Damned

Poster from The Ramones, The Damned and Talking Heads Gig in Paris, April 29, 1977.

Ramones T Shirt
The Merch Table: Ramones Concert Ts

Ramones Badges
Ramones Badges

Ramones Tour Rider
Ramones Tour Rider: Dressing Room Catering

Ramones Backstage Passes
Ramones Tour Laminates and Backstage Access Passes

Johnny Japanese Visa
Johnny’s Japanese Visa Application
Video Room Installation View
Third Gallery Installation View with Video Kiosks

The third exhibit gallery pays homage to The Ramones as individuals, and includes video kiosks and a wonderful collection of fan art/memorabilia that you’ve surely not seen before and will not see anywhere else.

Dee Dee at the Chelsea Hotel
Dee Dee at the Chelsea Hotel, 1993

Art By Dee Dee

Dee Dee Ramone was a prolific artist and cartoonist whose work has been shown posthumously in galleries such as La Luz De Jesus in Los Angeles.

Johnny and Joey as Rats
Cartoons by Dee Dee depicting Johnny and Joey as Rats.

I really enjoyed discovering some cool, Ramones-tribute artworks and cartoons that I had no idea existed.

Joey Ramone Place

Joey seemed to me to be the heart of The Ramones, and he is much-loved and revered, in NYC especially, to this day.

Joey Waves

Don’t Worry About Me…

Joey Collage
Likeness of Joey Created from a Collage of Magazine Photos

Art By Yoshitomo Nara

Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara is a huge Ramones fan. To anyone familiar with is work, his style is immediately recognizable.

Ramones CBGB Diorama

Ramones at CBGB Diorama

Gabba Gabba Hey

Gabba Gabba Hey!

Ramones Plate

Ramones Collectible Plate

Japanese Fan Art

Ramones By Japanese Artist Naoshi

Ramones on the Simpsons

The Ramones as Animated for The Simpsons

The final gallery is a screening room where you can sit, take a load off, and watch videos of the band in concert. Very nice.

Art By Mark Kostabi

When you consider their staggering legacy of music and enduring contribution to pop culture, it is heartbreaking to know that none of the four original Ramones survived to old age. Mark Kostabi created the above drawing of the Ramones as Angels after Tommy’s death in 2014. RIP.

I know that there are tons of photos here, and it seems that I must have taken a photo everything (which, probably), but trust me that all of these pictured items just scratch the surface of all of the amazing Ramones stuff that curator Marc H. Miller managed to gather all in one place. It is unbelievably great. You really must see it for yourself, even if it means having to leave Manhattan.

Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk will be on Exhibit until July 31st, 2016, at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park. The Exhibit Moves to Los Angeles in September.

Adios Amigos

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Joey Ramone Memorial Mural in the Bowery

Joey Ramone Mural
Photo By Gail

This image of the late Joey Ramone wearing a pair of Cheap Boxing Gloves was created to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Ramones debuting at CBGB. The mural went up on September 3rd, 2015 but it took me a few weeks to get around to seeing it for the first time, in early October, which is when I took this photo while (literally) standing in the middle of the street between idling cars that were waiting for the light to change at the corner of Bleecker and the Bowery — directly across from the former location of the legendary music venue, which is now a John Varvatos Clothing Boutique. The mural was painted by Solus and John CRASH Matos, who you might remember from This Post.

Update: As of August 24th, 2017 The Joey Ramone Mural has been Replaced by a Mural of Blondie’s Debbie Harry.

Bid Now to Own Joey Ramone’s Passport

Joey Ramone's Passport
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An authentic US Passport once owned by the late Jeff Hyman (AKA Joey Ramone) is currently up for auction through 6:00 PM EST on February 21st, 2013. Here’s a description:

Joey Ramone’s personal passport, number 061041624, issued on September 9, 1986. Passport measures 3.5 x 5, and contains his printed personal information on the inside front cover, signed on the adjoining page in black ink with his real name, “Jeff Hyman.” Affixed on the personal information page is a 1.5 x 1.75 passport snapshot. Forty-four of the inside pages are stamped on both sides with entry stamps and some affixed work visas and permits from around the world including London, Japan, Argentina, Italy, Brazil, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Canada, Norway, Canada, and New York City. Stamps date from the late 1980s to 1996. Expected wear from use, two punch holes to front cover, and several labels affixed to covers, otherwise fine condition. Provenance: Joey Ramone Estate. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the Joey Ramone Estate. A very personal and one-of-a-kind item, enhanced by his uncommon legal signature, and also showcasing the band’s willingness to play anywhere and anytime. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

Bidding is currently around $2200. Click This Link to Bid!

THE JOEY RAMONE NOT SO SILENT AUCTION: THIS FRIDAY, MAY 20TH IN NYC!

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For Immediate Release:

New York NY: Help raise money for the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research this Friday night (5/20/11) at The Suffolk! The focus of the event will be an auction for items signed by Henry Rollins, Anthony Bourdain, KISS, Lemmy Kilmister, Cyndi Lauper and many more! There will also be performances by Bodyface, Prospector and the Thunderfucks, plus a Ramones supergroup featuring Ali McMordie of Stiff Little Fingers and others.

Admission is free with a donation suggested, from which all proceeds go to the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research. The Suffolk is located at 107 Suffolk Street (at Rivington), in Downtown Manhattan. Festivities start at 10:00 PM! More Details Are Available Here: http://www.joeyramone.com.

The Birth of Joey Ramone Place

On This Date, November 30th In 2003: The corner of Bowery and Second Street in New York City was renamed Joey Ramone Place in honor of the singer of The Ramones who passed away from cancer on April 15th in 2001. The sign is one of the most popular landmarks in NYC for “souvenir seekers,” shall we say. To dissuade those who are light fingered, the sign has been moved to 20 feet above ground level.

Joey Ramone’s Birthday Bash, Tonight!


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This is where I’ll be tonight! “Celebrating what would have been the 58th birthday of punk icon Joey Ramone, the annual JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH will take place Tuesday, May 19th at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza. Mickey Leigh, event organizer and brother of Joey Ramone, has announced that, as part of the 9th annual Bash, fans will be treated to a special advance sneak peek listen to rough mixes of never- before-heard Joey Ramone solo recordings. Various producers, including long-time Ramones producer Ed Stasium, are currently preparing tracks for a full album worth of material, slated for posthumous release at the end of the year.

This year’s headliners are Fishbone and Supersuckers. The spectacular party will conclude with The Friends Of Joey featuring Richie Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Jean Beauvoir, Ivan Julian, George Tabb, Al Maddy and Mickey Leigh. Also appearing are Death and Rough Francis (both bands were the subject of a feature story in the New York Times on March 12), Uncle Monk (featuring Tommy Ramone), Bebe Buell, and Tom Clark & The High Action Boys. As the audience enters the venue they will once again be greeted by musician Tracy Thornton, playing Ramones songs on the steel drum. And, in what has become a Birthday Bash tradition, Sean O’Sullivan’s Punk Pipers will round out the night on the bagpipes. The fete will be emceed by Matt Pinfield and Peter Aschner. Additional surprises are expected at the evening’s events.

Ramone, who passed away in April 2001 after a seven-year battle with Lymphoma, had a history of encouraging up-and-coming bands in New York’s downtown music scene by showcasing them at his special “Joey Ramone Presents…” events. Since Ramone’s passing, his brother and their mother Charlotte Lesher carried on the tradition “by featuring bands that make great music and getting together some of Joey’s friends to celebrate him on what would otherwise be a sad, somber day,” Leigh explained. Net proceeds from the Bash go to support the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.


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Mickey Leigh, Brother of Joey Ramone, Speaks Out On Where The Ramones Stand Politically

STATEMENT FROM MICKEY LEIGH:

(November 2, 2008) “It has been brought to my attention that Linda Cummings (Johnny Ramone’s widow), using the name “Ramone,” has recently been in the media joining with the Palin family and the McCains to attempt to aid their campaign for the Presidency.  As a President of Ramones Productions, and brother of Joey Ramone, I just want it to be clear that Linda Cummings does not represent the political views of the Ramones.  Surely, as for Joey Ramone, the only Ramones song he would sing at a Republican campaign event would be ‘Glad To See You Go!’

“I should add that when Johnny stated ‘God Bless George Bush’ at the 2002 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame awards, I realize now that he was on to something.  Because if it were not for George Bush and his handling of our country the past 8 years, I doubt so many Americans, including so many highly regarded Republicans, would now be getting behind Barack Obama. So, yes, God bless George Bush for paving the way to Obama.”

~ Mickey Leigh