The Ramones live at CBGB in 1977

I’m tired, but I can’t sleep. It probably doesn’t help that I’m listening to the Ramones… I miss them.

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  1. Posted August 19, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    See also.

  2. Ken
    Posted August 20, 2009 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    i like how peaceful everyone looks in the audience. it’s not the image of early punk that you get from popular culture at all.

  3. Kim
    Posted August 20, 2009 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    The Ramones just kind of happened. It was like magic. Four boys in Queens who didn’t know the rules of music, so they set out to recreate them. It’s a beautiful American story.

  4. Bob
    Posted August 20, 2009 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I don’t think the Ramones set out to recreate or break any rules. They wanted to be the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Ronettes, or a hundred other great pop bands. They just didn’t have the chops to be like those other artists. They loved and were inspired by the Stooges, but I don’t think they wanted to be like them. Those are pure POP songs, they belong on oldies radio in between “Fun, Fun, Fun,” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” One of the greatest pop bands of all time. Dee Dee was as great as Paul McCartney.

  5. Ramone
    Posted August 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    The Ramones were place here by God to teach us the meaning of Rock and Roll, and the died for our sins.

  6. Meta
    Posted June 9, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    There’s going to be a movie about CBGB. The following is from the Guardian.

    Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is to step into Iggy Pop’s skinny jeans.

    Hawkins has signed on to play the Stooges frontman in new film CBGB, which tells the story of the legendary New York punk club. He will join former Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, who is playing Cheetah Chrome, guitarist with CBGB regulars the Dead Boys. Malin Åkerman will follow her turn in Rock of Ages as Blondie’s Debbie Harry. The cast will also include Alan Rickman as venue boss Hilly Kristal, Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith, the Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki as Television manager Terry Ork, Steven Schub as Dee Dee Ramone, Evan Alex Cole as Richard Hell, Peter Vack as Legs McNeil and Kerry Bisché as Mary Harron.

    The story follows Kristal in his efforts to turn the tiny club into a groundbreaking rock venue. Starting out as home to country, bluegrass and blues musicians, the club’s legend was forged when Kristal turned to booking local artists. CBGB will be directed by Randall Miller from a script he has co-written with Jody Savin, with filming expected to start this month in Savannah, Georgia, before moving to New York. Kristal’s daughter, Lisa Kristal Burgman, who controls her late father’s estate, is on board as co-producer.

    It will be Hawkins’ first major screen role, following bandmate Dave Grohl who had a cameo in The Muppets. Ewan McGregor previously played Curt Wild, a character closely based on Iggy Pop in Todd Haynes’s 1998 movie Velvet Goldmine.

    CBGB closed in 2006, but there have been efforts to reopen it in some form. The assets have been bought by a group of investors who want to set up a new annual festival under the CBGB name, taking place at various sites across New York City.

  7. Nobody
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Have you seen this?

    Prepare to cry and then want to punch something.

  8. Robert
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I’ve probably mentioned it here before but Dee Dee Ramone used to live in Ann Arbor, in that apartment building on South Forest Ave right at the east end of Oakland Ave. Some people may remember the parties he used to throw there. I only became aware of his living there because I went with a friend of mine to serve him with a summons. His ex was suing him.

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