Punk rock architects The Ramones are in danger of becoming more popular now than they were when they were together. Now that Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee have all sadly passed on to the great club gig in the sky, the band are getting the canonical treatment, courtesy of a new Ramones museum and upcoming movie.
Though the movie is still in its infancy, the museum will open this Friday in Berlin, thanks to the efforts of a German super-fan with an extensive collection of Ramones-related memorabilia. Drummer Marky Ramone, for one, doesn't mind that the museum is not situated in the band's home base of New York City. "That could be the first of many," said Ramone of the museum. "Just because it's in Berlin, it doesn't mean there can't be one in New York, L.A. or London. It's wonderful -- I'm flattered."
"The guy who started the museum in Berlin is a huge Ramones fan," continued Ramone. "His name is Florian. In fact, every time I would come there, he would be at the shows, and he must have attended every show we played in Germany. (There are) things that I'm amazed that he has. I wish Johnny, Joey, and Dee Dee were alive to see this, because they would be very flattered like I am."
As for the movie, Ramone reports that it's still in the research stage. "They're calling me, talking to me about it to see if I can help them with certain things, pertaining to certain times of the era," he said. "I guess everyone is going to sign on eventually. It looks really good." There is also a stage play in the works based on the band and Ramone has a new book coming out called Faith In The Backbeat that will document his time with the legendary group.
Writer: Neil McDonald