David Corio

Johnny Ramone of The Ramones

Hammersmith Odeon, London
(October 2, 1980)

One-two-three-faww! I think this picture captured the persona of Johnny Ramone – requisite Ramones T-shirt, guitar slung impossibly low, drainpipe jeans plastered on skinny long legs splayed wide and all capped by a contemptuous sneer. Johnny Ramone’s super-fast buzzsaw guitar had a huge impact on the punk scene and he could make a two-minute song sound like an epic.
The Ramones were synonymous with CBGB’s, the legendary New York club on The Bowery that kickstarted the careers of many US punk bands. Johnny died of prostate cancer in 2004.

Johnny Ramone of The Ramones