Rock 'N' Roll High School, staring the Ramones, is one of the five greatest American films of all time. Well, five best movie musicals? At the very least, the scene of the band rolling down the high school halls and blaring "Do Ya Wanna Dance" with the teen archetypes (cheerleaders, jocks, geeks, etc.) following, clapping and dancing while brewing up the eventual explosion of the school, could be the most transcendent two minutes of any rock movie.
- Eric Davidson
, introducing his interview of director Allan Arkush
posted by Egg Shen
on Nov 28, 2012 -
A remarkably diverse group of legendary musicians
have graced the stage of Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom
over the years: Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard
, the Sex Pistols
(one of seven stops on their one and only 1978 U.S. tour…the hole
in the drywall left by Sid Vicious’ fist is still backstage), the Ramones, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Blondie, The Talking Heads, U2, Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, Snoop Dogg, Morrissey, Beck, Wilco
, to name a few.
featuring Costello and several other artists who’ve played there is in the works, with proceeds supporting music education in Oklahoma and the upcoming Cain’s Ballroom Museum. Cain’s was recently named one of the top 10 live music venues
in the U.S.
From 1935 to 1942, Cain’s was home to Bob Wills
and The Texas Playboys, who popularized western swing music
with weekly dances and a national radio show
posted by Kelly Tulsa
on May 9, 2012 -
The most vivid figure in Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields's End of the Century was the least articulate and most archetypal of the Ramones: Johnny, the right-wing prole whose hard-ass sense of style the others nutballed and softened and accelerated and above all imitated. ... Exciting and absolutely right though their '70s sets always were, the film establishes that they kept the faith live till the end, lifted by Joey's goofy dedication and powered by the chords Johnny thrashed out like they were why he was alive. As unyielding in his aesthetic principles as he was in everything else, this reactionary was an avant-gardist in spite of himself.
- Robert Christgau
posted by Trurl
on Nov 9, 2011 -
"When youth culture becomes monopolized by big business, what are the youth to do? I think we should destroy the bogus capitalist process that is destroying youth culture...the first step to do is destroy the record companies."
1991: The Year Punk Broke
posted by TrialByMedia
on Sep 15, 2007 -
Punk Rock Scrapbook.
J Neo Marvin carried an instamatic camera to a lot of gigs way back when, and he has posted them on his band's website. The Clash, X, The Ramones and more.
posted by planetkyoto
on Mar 8, 2005 -
Hey, ho! He's...gone.
Today Johnny Ramone
and Dee Dee
at the great Blitzkrieg Bop in the sky (though admittedly he might not have much to say to either of them). This comes just days after a benefit/tribute concert
in L.A. commemorating the 30th anniversary of the first Ramones gig. Catch the new documentary End of the Century
in the meantime. Then again, maybe you'll just wanna be sedated.
posted by scody
on Sep 15, 2004 -
Grand Old Punks
The Sunday Times reported on Johnny Ramone's conservative beliefs today As he grew up he realised that for all his guitar thrashing, he was a conservative at heart. He opposes abortion and gay marriage and thinks welfare benefits are too generous. “Everyone in America can succeed to at least the middle-class level if they work hard enough,” he said.
Do these people
have a point or do they just not get it?
posted by maggie
on Mar 7, 2004 -
Too Tough To Die.
As of Sunday afternoon, the corner of Second Street and Bowery in New York City is now known as Joey Ramone Place. I lived about 200 steps from there a while ago - now I've got a good excuse to go back for a visit.
posted by majcher
on Dec 1, 2003 -
The track list
for We're a Happy Family -- A Tribute to the Ramones looks, uh, ...interesting. No Motorhead though, the shame
. I am glad that Rob Zombie is proving that it is possible to produce a tribute album without the omnipresent Sheryl Crow.
posted by BarneyFifesBullet
on Aug 21, 2002 -
The Ramones and the Talking heads to get rock and roll rocking chairs in Cleveland
The sparring, though, is as much a part of the Ramones' history as their baseball-bat-clutching American eagle logo. "They'd play for 40 minutes," recalls CBGB proprietor Hilly Kristal. "And 20 of them would just be the band yelling at each other." Danny Fields says that early on, they'd also come to blows after their sets. "Johnny would be strangling Dee Dee, and there'd be press or fans waiting to see them," he says. "I'd tell folks they were just toweling off, give them a couple of minutes, and by the time people saw them, they'd be sipping a beer."
posted by AsiaInsider
on Mar 12, 2002 -