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Queens Museum celebrates the Ramones with sweeping exhibiton

See old tour posters, like this one by

See old tour posters, like this one by Richard Allan for the Ramones' 1989 Australian tour. Photo Credit: Courtesy Monte Melnick

Hey! Ho! Let’s go!

Step back to 1976 with the Queens Museum as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Ramones’ first album.

The exhibition “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” opening Sunday, features more than 400 items that demonstrate the punk band’s Queens roots and its cultural influence in fashion, comics, art and, of course, music.

The mix of photography, art, music, video, memorabilia and ephemera on display includes two of Johnny Ramone’s guitars; leather jackets worn by Joey, Johnny, and Marky Ramone; handwritten lyrics; the original painting from their last album, “Adios Amigos,” by Mark Kostabi; and paintings by Dee Dee Ramone.

You don’t have to be a die-hard to enjoy the exhibition.

“For those that don’t know the Ramones, the show will provide a great introduction,” said curator Marc H. Miller. “They’re really a band for the outsiders, singing about all life’s issues, but there’s something very uplifting about them.”

The exhibition opens this Sunday with a special reception from 4-8 p.m. Everyone who attends will receive a poster-sized cartoon map of Ramones landmarks, including childhood homes and clubs they have played in New York, that John Holmstrom, co-founder of Punk Magazine and artist of two Ramones album covers, created especially for the event, said Miller.

IF YOU GO: ‘Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk’ runs Sunday through July 31, admission $8 adults, $4 seniors, FREE for students and ages 18 and under; New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 718-592-9700, queensmuseum.org

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