Ramones Keep Rolling With Museum, Movie
The Ramones continue to garner increasing popularity and accolades in their afterlife.The Ramones continue to garner increasing popularity and accolades in their afterlife. Not many museums in the world are dedicated entirely to a single rock band, but the Ramones can now add that to their list of accomplishments, as such a facility will open Friday (Sept. 16) in Berlin.
Drummer Marky Ramone tells Billboard.com this may not be the last such museum dedicated to the punk legends, either. "That could be the first of many," he says. "Just because it's in Berlin, it doesn't mean there can't be one in New York, L.A. or London. It's wonderful -- I'm flattered."
"The guy who started the museum in Berlin is a huge Ramones fan," Marky continues. "His name is Florian. In fact, every time I would come there, he would be at the shows, and he must have attended every show we played in Germany."
Over the years, Florian accumulated quite a collection of rare Ramones items, including posters, tour t-shirts and photos. "[There are] things that I'm amazed that he has," Marky admits. "I wish [late members] Johnny, Joey, and Dee Dee were alive to see this, because they would be very flattered like I am."
Although he has yet to view the museum in person, Marky is impressed with the pictures he's seen. "I was amazed at all the effort put into it," he says. "It takes a lot of work and time, you know? I'm quite sure with all the stuff [Florian] has, he probably had enough for two museums. He really was a big collector."
Following in the footsteps of Buddy Holly and the Doors, it looks like the Ramones will be the subject of a feature film. Although a few different companies are currently vying for the project, research has already begun. "They're calling me [and] talking to me about it to see if I can help them with certain things, pertaining to certain times of the era," Marky says. "[They're] writing a whole formula for it, and I guess everyone is going to sign on eventually. It looks really good."
Additionally, Marky has several other projects coming up. "I'm finishing my book, called 'Faith in the Backbeat.' It's not a religious book -- it's just my times with the punk rock scene in New York," he says. "[From] my audition with the New York Dolls all the way up to the Ramones' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [induction]. There's a play coming out about the Ramones, and I have my radio show that I'm starting the last week in September on Thursday night on Sirius, from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. on channel 28. The station is called 'Faction.' I'm going to DJ on there once a week live."