Thursday, September 16, 2004

R.I.P. Johnny Ramone

I was very saddened to hear the news this morning that Johnny Ramone succumbed to prostate cancer. I think everyone knew that his passing was on the horizon, but it still doesn’t lessen the shock of the loss. Three of the four original members of the band have died within the past three years, with only Tommy remaining. The Ramones’ legacy is undeniable, and the world becomes a little less cool with each of their passing.

In a previous post, I’ve discussed The Ramones on Film. Johnny’s death comes at a time of new releases in the band’s filmography. On September 28th, RAMONES RAW will be released on DVD, featuring a compilation of rare concert and behind the scenes footage of the band. Also on the horizon is the documentary END OF THE CENTURY: THE STORY OF THE RAMONES, which is already in limited theatrical release, with plans to expand to theaters across the nation throughout fall. To see if this film is coming to your town, please check out the official website.

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