Annie at Us Weekly’s Most Fashionable New Yorkers 2014
"I do a show that’s very physical, and I worked with a choreographer to help me figure out how to fall safely," the singer, in a [Maison Martin] Margiela blazer, Alexander McQueen pants, and YSL shoes, told Us. "So I have to be able to wear clothes on stage that I can bleed in, rip, sweat in, et cetera, et cetera."
Born on this day, October 8th 1948 in Long Island, New York, John William Cummings was described as both a greaser and a later described as a tie-dye-wearing Stooges fan.
In the early 1970s, while out on his job delivering dry cleaning, John met Douglas Colvin. They two struck up a friendship over a mutual love of bands like the Stooges and MC5. One day City in January 1974 the two went into went to Manny’s Music in New York City where John bought a used blue Mosrite Ventures II for $54 and Douglas bought a Danelectro bass.
They would eventually hook up with Jeffery Hyman started a band and eventually all adopted the last name Ramone and naming their group after it.
The newly named Johnny Ramone was not into what the popular guitar players of the time were doing so he did what he wanted. A blasting guitar sound from full tilt downstrokes and barre chords along with heavy use of gain on his amp became his calling card. It would launch him into a two decade career as the sole guitarist of the Ramones as well as being one of the architects of punk rock and having, to this day, one of the most emulated guitar sounds for anyone who wants to play brash and loud.
Johnny Ramone died in his Los Angeles home at the age of 55 after a five-year battle with prostate cancer on September 15, 2004, less than a month before his 56th birthday. He would be the third original member of the band to die in a two year period.