In conjunction with the fortieth anniversary of the release of the Ramones’s self-titled debut album, the Queens Museum and the GRAMMY Museum have partnered to present Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk, a two-part bicoastal exhibition celebrating the lasting influence of the band. The first part, which opened in Queens in April and runs through the end of July, focuses on the Ramones’s connections to visual culture through music, fashion, fine art, comics, and film.
The Ramones’s famous logo was designed by Arturo Vega, who has often been called “the fifth Ramone.” As the band’s artistic director and spokesman, Vega was responsible for everything from merchandise design to lighting, but he was by no means alone in cultivating the Ramones’s image. To pay tribute to three others who had a hand in shaping the look of the Ramones, and more broadly the visual aesthetics of punk, I’m taking a departure from Sound & Vision’s usual one-on-one interview format. What follows is an edited and condensed transcript of a June 19 panel discussion at the Queens Museum. Among the participants was Punk Magazine co-founder John Holmstrom, chief photographer Roberta Bayley and Blondie co-founder and guitarist Chris Stein, who was also a contributing editor/photographer at Punk. The panel was hosted by the exhibition’s guest curator Marc H. Miller.
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