"1-2-3-4!" In 1974, four youngsters from Forest Hills, Queens, made their way to legendary downtown club CBGB and began their blitzkrieg-style assault on rock 'n' roll. Two years later Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy released their first album (The Ramones), a barrage of shouty, speedball anthems like "Judy Is a Punk" and "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue." For the 40th anniversary of the Ramones' 1976 recording debut, this Queens Museum special exhibition aims to capture the band's lasting impact on music, fine art and popular culture through hundreds of pieces of Ramones-abilia. The show includes flyers, photos, concert footage, original lyrics manuscripts, T-shirts, the Ramones' signature leather jackets and contributions from such artists as Simpsons creator Matt Groening; Mark Kostabi, cover designer for the Ramones' final record, Adios Amigos; and Shepard Fairey, the man behind the Obama "Hope" poster and a champion of Dee Dee Ramone's paintings. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.
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Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona ParkQueens, NY 11368