Thursday, September 16, 2004
( 10:12 AM )
Johnny Ramone died last night of a cancer that had been plaguing him for years. Lots of people are sad today - he was very, very cool.
The highly influential guitarist was a co-founder of the seminal group, which many consider the first real punk rock band.
While virtually ignored by mainstream America in the early part of the band's career, The Ramones' hard-charging two-minute, three-chord anthems arguably changed rock music forever. The music industry eventually came around to recognizing the Ramones' contribution to rock in the 1980s, and in 2002 the punk icons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Only the good die young.