Marky Ramone: My 5 Favorite Punk Songs

June 7, 2016

Many consider the Ramones' self-titled debut, recently named the greatest punk album of all time by Rolling Stone, to be punk's Big Bang moment. But according to Marky Ramone, the famed Queens group's later-period drummer, the genre's roots...


Ramones Prep 40th Anniversary Reissue With Demos, Mono Mix

May 23, 2016

The Ramones will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their self-titled punk masterpiece with a 3CD/1LP deluxe edition packed with unreleased demos, a pair of concerts and a new mono mix. Ramones: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, out July 29th via...


Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Punk Albums

April 13, 2016

Earlier this month, we posted our list of the 40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time. Needless to say, not everyone agreed with the selections. Some felt that groups like Devo and Joy Division weren't truly punk, while others scoffed at the inclusion of...


Ramones' Debut LP: 10 Things You Didn't Know

February 4, 2016

If the Stooges and the New York Dolls were the parents of punk, then the Ramones were the wild, screaming infant — fresh, new, untamed and purely driven by primal instinct. Though born two years earlier in the middle-class neighborhood of Forest...


The Curse of the Ramones

May 19, 2016

Onstage, they were the personification of unity – even family. The four men dressed the same –in leather motorcycle jackets, weathered jeans, sneakers – had the same dark hair color, shared the same last name. They seemed to think the...


40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time

April 6, 2016

Punk rock started in 1976 on New York's Bowery, when four cretins from Queens came up with a mutant strain of blitzkrieg bubblegum. The revolution they inspired split the history of rock & roll in half. But even if punk rock began as a kind of...



Rare John Lennon, Jim Morrison Letters Up for Auction

July 23, 2015

A hand-written letter from Doors singer Jim Morrison during his stint in Paris – postmarked May 18th, 1971, less than three months before his death – is currently bringing over $23,000 at RR's Marvels of Modern Music auction. The...


Rare Johnny Ramone Guitar Brings $71K at Auction

January 23, 2015

Johnny Ramone's Mosrite guitar, one of only nine Mosrites the legendary punk guitarist owned, sold at auction Thursday for a whopping $71,875, Boston-based auction RR Auction announced. The red guitar, personally owned and used by Ramone for at least...

Album Review

Live at German Television: The Musikladen Recordings

June 18, 2015

On September 13th, 1978, the Ramones made their live European television debut to a studio audience of young Germans — seated at tables. The effect on the DVD that comes with this rippin' artifact on CD or LP (you need a region-free player)...


Marky Ramone Exclusive: Read an Excerpt From His New Memoir

January 7, 2015

Marky Ramone may not be the last surviving member of the Ramones (he shares that honor with Richie, C.J. and even the short-lived Elvis Ramone), but he is the last man standing to play with the group in their 1970s heyday and he lasted far longer in the...



Fricke's Picks Radio: Milestones for the Ramones and John Zo

September 22, 2014

The September 14th Ramones tribute show at New York's Bowery Electric, celebrating the band's debut gig at CBGB 40 years earlier, was a communion of generations – from the young singer-actor John Gallagher Jr., who played the title vagabond...


Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Ramones Albums

September 3, 2014

Fate was not kind to the Ramones. The Queens foursome played a pivotal role in the development of punk rock  (and really most popular music of the past 40 years), but they never had anything resembling a hit single, playing clubs all the way...

Live Review

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Hosts a Fitting Ramones Tribute

August 25, 2014

All four of the original Ramones are gone now, but the legacy of these Queens punk legends lived on as the annual Johnny Ramone birthday tribute returned to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery last night. Celebrating both the legendary guitarist...


Watch Marky Ramone Sit in With Arcade Fire in Brooklyn

August 24, 2014

Arcade Fire have upped the ante on their regional covers project as the Reflektor tour enters its closing days, not only playing their usual songs by notable locals, but also bringing on musicians from the bands to join them. The night after Buster...


Tommy Ramone on Birth of the Ramones: 'It Was Time for Something New'

July 12, 2014

Tommy Erdelyi, who passed away Friday of bile duct cancer at age 65, never forgot how thrilling it was to be a Ramone during the band's formative days. "I thought what we were doing was unique and exciting and potentially influential," he recalled last...

Live Review

New York Bands Celebrate 40 Years of the Ramones

September 15, 2014

On August 16th, 1974, the Ramones – the founding lineup of Johnny (guitar), Joey (voice), Tommy (drums) and Dee Dee (bass and song count-off) – performed at CBGB, a year-old club on a war-zone stretch of New York's Bowery, for the first time....


Martin Scorsese Attached to Direct Ramones Movie

August 28, 2014

Martin Scorsese is attached to direct a new movie about the Ramones, one of several projects in the works to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the band's first LP in 2016, Billboard reports. Jeff Jampol, who now co-manages...


Watch David Byrne and Arcade Fire Cover Suicide

August 25, 2014

Arcade Fire added a new dimension to their geographic covers series during their three-night residency at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, recruiting musicians from classic New York City punk bands to join them onstage. Sunday night's gig featured...


Chris Frantz on Tommy Ramone: "He Sounded Like a Big Guy"

August 4, 2014

Thomas Erdelyi, better known as Tommy Ramone, who died of cancer at 65 on July 11th, was the Ramones' manager, co-producer and original drummer. After leaving the band, he produced the Replacements' 1985 LP "Tim" and, more recently, led a bluegrass duo....