Punk rockers Ramones get museum tribute
BEFORE The Ramones became international icons, the band's first press release in 1975 introduced the punk rockers to the world as working-class men from Queens.
Youngsters from the New York borough's neighbourhood of Forest Hills "either become musicians, degenerates or dentists. The Ramones are a little of each", it informed.
A first-ever museum exhibition on the band shows other sides of the musicians surrounded by the debauchery of the rock world, but who managed to keep a surprising amount of the straight-laced work ethic they learnt in Queens.
The tongue-in-cheek press release starts off the exhibition, which opened on Sunday at the Queens Museum and heads in September to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
The Ramones, whose original members are all dead, pioneered punk rock with its rough, distorted and intense energy that came in spite of - or because of - the absence of formal musical training.
The exhibition brings together memorabilia ranging from the Mosrite guitars that Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone would play low-slung to action photos of the band who kept the self-discipline to play 2,263 concerts over 22 years.
Also on display are the rockers' clothes. The Ramones' uniform of leather jackets and ripped jeans - along with T-shirts bearing the band's logo designed by Arturo Vega - has emerged as an international punk fashion symbol.
One section explores a historic concert, The Ramones' international debut at The Roundhouse in London on July 4, 1976.
The Ramones were the opening act but had a massive impact, with bands such as The Clash and Sex Pistols later citing the show as an inspiration as they witnessed the do-it-yourself vigour of punk.