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Johnny Ramone was a founding member of the Ramones, one of the most influential bands of all time. Hailing from Queens, NY, Johnny invented the relentless down-stroke guitar style that defined not only the groundbreaking sound of the legendary Ramones, but the guitar voice of the punk rock movement in general. One of the most influential guitarists in rock history, his impact resonates to this day, and he was listed in Time magazine's "10 greatest electric guitar players" and named #16 in Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists of all time.
Johnny kept the Ramones focused and moving forward, ultimately securing their place in rock history. The band formed in NYC in 1974 and quickly distinguished themselves from the bland pop-rock of the time. The tight, fast and aggressive quartet were immediately established as a live concert tour de force, helping establish New York City—and C.B.G.B. in particular—as the center of a new breed of rock.
“Johnny Ramone was a living legend,” said his close friend Kirk Hammett, guitarist for Metallica. “A true enigma. One in a million. I reveled in his ironclad, piss-and-vinegar sort of temperament toward everything, and life, in general. Long live Johnny Ramone!!!” Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, another close friend, proclaimed that, “Johnny produced a sound so brutal and direct, it has influenced all rock since. He approached his music and his life with a legendary tenacity, making him one of rock’s most indestructible icons.”
Soon after their first C.B.G.B. gig, the Ramones--Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy--were signed to Sire Records by its respected impresario Seymour Stein. Their self-titled debut album was released stores in 1976 and was an immediate hit. Featuring 14 songs (with the longest being two and a half minutes), the Ramones made their point quickly. The group hit the road and toured essentially non-stop for 22 years, performing a reported 2,263 shows.
The Ramones--with original members Johnny and Joey onboard from the very beginning--broke up in 1995 but their legacy certainly lives on. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and nearly a decade later, the seminal band was awarded a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award. The band has been cited as a major influence by some of music’s most respected players, including (but certainly not limited to) Green Day, Black Flag, Ministry, Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, Bad Brains, Motorhead and Metallica.
Despite the success of the Ramones, Johnny never strayed from his working-class roots and attitude. He evolved from the tough guy on the streets to the tough guy in the band who kept the Ramones focused and moving forward. Johnny was a huge baseball and horror movie aficionado, and the Los Angeles home he shared with his beloved wife Linda still showcases all of his passions, including Elvis and Disney movies. In Johnny’s autobiography Commando, he shares some of the cherished top 10 lists he wrote, including Best Ballplayers, Best Republicans and Favorite Elvis Books.
Following Johnny's death in 2004, an 8-foot-tall bronze memorial statue was erected in his honor at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA. The base of the statue includes inscriptions from some of Johnny's closest friends (many of whom are quite famous in their own right, yet cite inspiration from Johnny). The aforementioned include Eddie Vedder, Lisa-Marie Presley, Rob Zombie, John Frusciante, Vincent Gallo and Johnny’s wife Linda Ramone, who oversees Johnny’s estate and works diligently to help preserve and protect the music of the Ramones.
In the 10 years since his passing, the statue has become a place for fans to gather and remember the rock icon and the birthplace of the yearly "Johnny Ramone Tribute" event. Linda Ramone built the event throughout the years with the 2014 event featuring an all-star Ramones jam featuring Rob Zombie, Duff McKagan, Steve Jones, Fred Armisen and Billy Idol, while past attendees have included Tommy Ramone Johnny Depp, Rob Zombie, Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, Chris Cornell, Nic Cage, Kirk Hammett, Rose McGowan, Henry Rollins, John Waters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shepard Fairey, Dita Von Teese and Billy Zoom, among many others. Johnny's strength endures and his popularity with young and old alike remains timeless and immortal – just like the music and aesthetic he created with the legendary Ramones.
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“No motto.” - Johnny Ramone when asked if he has a life motto.
The “Ramones: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” features a superior remastered stereo version and new mono mix of the album by original producer and mixer, Craig Leon, plus previously unheard demos and live recordings.
store.ramones.com Limited Edition 3CD/1Vinyl LP Set Of The Ramones Debut.
Happy Valentine's Day. Gabba Gabba Hey! Luv, Linda and Johnny 😉👑💞
6 years ago today, the Ramones received Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The Ramones made it seem easy and as such were an inspiration to bands as varied as U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Pearl Jam, the Offspring, Motörhead, Metallica, the Undertones, the Strokes, Bad Religion, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Sonic Youth, Bad Brains, and many others. “ - Seymour Stein (Sire Records founder) to The Grammy committee on the impact of the Ramones. Watch Tommy Ramone’s acceptance speech below:
grammy.com The Ramones accept The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception in 2011.
Celebrate 40 years of the Ramones at The GRAMMY Museum’s “Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk” exhibit. Hurry, the exhibit is only open until February 28th!
grammymuseum.org The exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversary of the release of the Ramones' 1976 self-titled debut album and contextualizes the band in the larger pantheon of music history and pop culture.
Need more Ramones? Hear all of the essentials on one playlist.
This Is: Ramones, a playlist by Spotify Rock out to these essentials from the band who helped define the Punk Rock sound.
“Hey man, can we get fucking rocking?” - Johnny Ramone
Originally released on April 23, 1976, the 'Ramones' 40th anniversary cassette includes all of the original tracks, remastered with superior audio.
store.ramones.com 2016 Reissue of Ramones debut album in celebration of the 40th Anniversary. Originally released April 23, 1976. Label: Sire.