The Ramones

Arturo Vega and Legs McNeil 1978

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ARTURO VEGA!

by Legs McNeil - Arturo is busy making another pass with the squeegee over the latest model of the new Ramones logo, the one with the names of Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy encircling an American Eagle that’s clutching a baseball bat in one talon and an apple tree branch in the other. It will become their most famous design ever....

VINTAGE DOCUMENTARY ON THE CBGB’S SCENE!

"CBGB in 70's" on You Tube - Live shots of Blondie, The Dead Boys, and The Ramones are featured in this late 70's CBGB's documentary. Even though the commentator has a strange, infomercial voice and the speed is slightly off, the rare footage is intriguing enough to keep watching. The very articulate Ramones manager, Danny Fields describes them as "a great machine that went on time." -Amy Haben...
Dee Dee Ramone drawing by Brian Walsby

DEE DEE RAMONE – PORTRAIT OF A PUNK!

by Legs McNeil - Dee Dee Ramone was one of the strangest people I've ever met. Whenever we saw him, we were never sure if we were going to get the good Dee Dee or the bad Dee Dee. In the 90s, when I was asked to write a forward to his book, Lobotomy, I described him as, “the last of the dying breed of authentic rock star, an authentic bad guy who got over it, and in so doing, changed the face of rock ‘n’ roll. ...
Arturo Vega and Legs McNeil 1978

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ARTURO VEGA!

By Legs McNeil - “Really Arturo, ABBA?” I shake my head in disbelief, as I enter the loft where the Swedish rock band is blaring from the record player next to the table that holds the entire Ramones silk screen operation—one long counter equipped with a wooden silk screen, cans of white acrylic paint, and stacks of black T-shirts. Arturo is busy making another pass with the squeegee over the latest model of the new Ramones logo, the one with the names of Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy encircling an American Eagle that’s clutching a baseball bat in one talon and an apple tree branch in the other. It will become their most famous design ever....