The GRAMMY Museum® and Delta Air Lines Present Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk Opening Friday, Sept. 16

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 25, 2016) — Following its debut at the Queens Museum in New York, on Sept. 16, 2016, the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE and Delta Air Lines will present the second of the two-part traveling exhibit, Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk.

On the evening of the launch, Linda Ramone, Johnny Ramone’s wife, philanthropist; British pop/punk icon Billy Idol; Seymour Stein, Vice President of Warner Bros. Records and a co-founder of Sire Records, the label that signed the Ramones to their first record deal; artist Shepard Fairey; Monte A. Melnick, longtime tour manager for the Ramones, and Mickey Leigh, musician, author, and Ramones stage manager 1974-76, will participate in an intimate conversation in the Clive Davis Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at beginning Thursday, Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Co-curated by the GRAMMY Museum and the Queens Museum, in collaboration with Ramones Productions Inc., the exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversary of the release of the Ramones’ 1976 self-titled debut album and contextualizes the band in the larger pantheon of music history and pop culture.

On display through February 2017, the exhibit is organized under a sequence of themes — places, events, songs, and artists —and includes items by figures such as:

  • Arturo Vega (who, along with the Ramones, designed the famed Ramones logo)
  • Sergio Aragones (cartoonist for Mad magazine)
  • John Holmstrom (Punk magazine founder and cartoonist)
  • and Shepard Fairey

Also included in the exhibit are contributions from the personal collections of:

  • Mickey Leigh (Joey Ramone’s brother and Ramones’ original stage manager)
  • Linda Ramone (Johnny Ramone’s wife)
  • and Monte Melnick (Ramones’ tour manager)

And rock photographers such as:

  • Roberta Bayley (who shot the first Ramones album cover)
  • Bob Gruen
  • David Godlis
  • Danny Fields (Ramones’ first manager)
  • Jenny Lens
  • and others who were intimately involved with the group throughout their career

Additional artifacts will also include personal memorabilia such as clothing and instruments.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Department will produce an education workshop exploring the roots of punk, the role the Ramones played in the birth of the genre and how their legacy has continued to inspire musicians today. The workshop will be held in the Clive Davis Theater on Oct. 11 and Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk is organized by the GRAMMY Museum and Queens Museum, in collaboration with Ramones Productions Inc., JAM Inc., and Silent Partner Management. The exhibit is co-curated by Queens Museum guest curator Marc H. Miller and Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. Delta is proud to be the official airline of both the GRAMMY Museum and the Queens Museum.