Punk Rock Legends; A Stroll through Ramones History in Queens

Alex Vadukul of the New York Times recently took a tour through Queens alongside Mickey Leigh, the younger brother of Ramone’s front man Joey Ramone.  Visiting sites such as the pair’s childhood homes, Forest Hill High School, which all of the band members attended, and the band’s “primitive rehearsal space,” a basement where Leigh recalls, “…opening this door and getting hit by the smell and sound of the Ramones,” Vadukul was sure to hit all of the band’s old stomping grounds.

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Part of the Queens Museum exhibition “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk.” Credit Willie Davis for The New York Times

The tour set a backdrop to the opening of a new exhibition at the Queens Museum titled “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk.”  Vadukul writes, ” The four-room exhibition follows the band from its misfit beginnings to its later acceptance into pop culture, including in animated form on ‘The Simpsons,” and features such artifacts as, “…the military academy belt of the guitarist, Johnny (John Cummings); report cards with lackluster grades belonging to the bassist, Dee Dee (Douglas Colvin), and the lead singer, Joey (Jeffrey Hyman); and a yearbook photo spotlighting the drummer, Tommy (Thomas Erdelyi), as a member of the Audio-Visual Squad.”

You can read Vadukul’s article full of punk rock reminiscing over at The New York Times.

 

The Ramones’ self-titled 1976 album to be reissued this summer!

In 1976, The Ramones released their self-titled first album. Although the record was not a success at first, it “became the founding document of punk rock.”

 

The Ramones

The Ramones

 

On the occasion of the album’s 40th anniversary, Rhino Records is reissuing an expanded album this summer! In addition, there will be an exhibition entitled “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” at the Queens Museum beginning April 10.

Read more about the Ramones album on the New York Times!