Indulge In Punk Nostalgia At The New Ramones Exhibit
Although The Ramones have been broken up for 20 years, the bar they set for coolness can never be reached. They’re an indelible part of New York history, and you can still see traces of them everywhere; whether it be a band t-shirt on a stranger, the old CBGB (turned John Varvatos store), or the fact that since 2003, Bowery and 2nd Street has literally been called Joey Ramone Place. Now at the Queens Museum, Ramones memorabilia has been compiled and turned into a punk retrospective, appropriately titled “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk.”
The exhibition shows the band in a new light, showing how they went from from punk boys from Forest Hills, Queens, to iconic rockstars. The Queens Museum exhibition focuses on the band’s hometown roots. In September the whole shebang will move to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, going deeper on the Ramones’ impact in music history and pop culture. The show displays more than 50 items from all over the world, from both private and public collections, of Ramones’ objects. For a rowdy punk band, the design of the exhibition is really clean cut and aesthetically satisfying. There’s band shirts positioned neatly on the wall, leather jackets that will give you vintage envy, and some old school, Mick Rock photos of the crew.
The exhibit just opened up yesterday, and this month also marks the 40th anniversary of the Ramones’ self-titled debut album. Joey’s widow, Linda Ramone, told Gothamist that she hopes the exhibit “will be another great gathering place for Ramones fans. Their legacy is important to me because it was most important to my husband.” If that didn’t just melt your heart, then we don’t know what will. This thing is clearly worth the trek to Queens.
Check out Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk at the Queens Museum in New York City. If you’re on the West Coast, it’ll be on view at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles beginning September 16th.
Photos via The Grammy’s and Gothamist
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