The Ramones’ first album released forty years ago in 1976. To honor the Ramones who are originally from Forest Hills, Queens, the Queens museum presents Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk, about the Ramones’ groundbreaking punk influence.
The exhibition initiates with their first encounter with each other at Forest Hills High School in the late 1960s. Tommy (Tome Erdelyi) realized the potential in the four original Ramones as a musical group. By the early 1970s they started performing at CBGB, a biker bar on the Bowery, New York City. CBGB was their initial public platform to declare what punk meant. The exhibition epitomizes their public yet personal lives. Joey (Jeffrey Hyman) ’s high school doodles embody naïve and fun characteristics of his. Along with the Ramones’ belongings such as clothes, handwritings, and instruments, the exhibition features album covers to passports.
The show concludes with the Ramones’ performance screening in their most glorious days. Because the generation of punk was before my time, I only have an idea of the impact they made in the world. The finale of the exhibition lets viewers experience emotion and tension of the Ramones. Although it was indirect, I was able to feel their impression in the society in their time.