This month marks the 40th anniversary of when the Ramones released their self-titled album, marking the way for punk music and culture everywhere to evolve. The Queens Museum in New York, along with the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, created an exhibit called Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk to celebrate both punk influence and the amazing Ramones. I got the inside scoop about the exhibit and all things Ramones, thanks to Linda Ramone, fashion icon and wife of the late Johnny Ramone.
Linda took me through the exhibit, pointing out all the amazing things she had donated, as well as pieces she was seeing for the first time. Highlights included a colorful wall of concert posters from throughout the Ramones' career, a wall of their personal clothing and insturments—and a wall with paintings done by Shepard Fairey. Not only are the Ramones iconic, they helped create a culture of amazing artists, musicians, creators and fashion designers. Everyone they touched left a mark on this time period, including Linda Ramone. She was behind all things Ramones, and still is. She's known for her amazing collection of fashion, her large list of one-of-a-kind celebrity friends, and her home, the "Ramone Ranch," where each room has a different theme. I got to talk with her about the exhibit, and her best fashion tips. Read on in the gallery ahead.
You were involved with curating what was in the Queens Museum exhibit right? Because it had a conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the first album?
Linda Ramone: Well I was asked to be involved. What happened was, it was an idea that Mark Miller had, like three or four years ago and it didn’t go through, and once again [I was asked to be involved] when he pursued it recently. Yes, we all had decided it would be good to do the museum together. It was very perfect and also The Grammy Museum wanted to do an exhibit with us. So what happened then was The Grammy Museum and the Queens Museum started partnering together. It just all turned out perfect and we felt it was important to open up in Queens first, because the Ramones are from Queens so it’s nice to start at home and then move to Los Angeles. It’s like everyone does in real life anyways—you live in New York and then you move to L.A.; when you want to retire you move to L.A.