Opening Day of Ramones Exhibit at Queens Museum [RECAP]

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 at 10:46 am by

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

Yesterday afternoon, the Queens Museum turned into a mosh pit. The official opening of “Hey Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones and the Birth of Punk” kicked off with four hours of live bands in the middle of the museum.

Thousands of museum-goers stopped by, many sporting the Ramones uniform of a motorcycle jacket, ripped jeans and a t-shirt (often featuring the Ramones logo).

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Photo: David Bergman

We caught a set by the Pakistani-American band, The Kominas, who are known for the genre of Muslim Punk (also referred to as Taqwacore).

We also spied Linda Ramone, widow of Johnny, in the crowd, accompanied by her boyfriend, J.D. King, of the band the Olms. Linda was the inspiration for many Ramones’ songs, including “The KKK Took My Baby Away.”

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Linda Ramone and J.D. King. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

As we described in our preview of the show last week, the exhibit features 40 years of Ramones memorabilia, videos, posters, photographs and art. Wonder how Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy would react to all of this? We think they would be pretty thrilled.

“Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!” runs until July 31. Part II of the Ramones exhibit moves to the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles in September.

Footage shot by Lori Greenberg.

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