For over two decades, Monte A. Melnick, a native of Forest Hills, New York, and a childhood friend of original Ramones drummer Tommy (Ramone) Erdelyi, assumed the enviable task of being the full-time tour manager of the Ramones. As the band’s sound evolved, so did Monte’s job title, and it wasn’t long before he took upon other default roles such as soundman, stage manager, road manager, personal chauffeur, road crew handler, and the personal assistant to the band’s lanky leading frontman, Joey Ramone. If the Ramones needed something done, rest assured that Monte was the man to see it through.
In addition to all of the sights, sounds, stories, and scars accrued over most of the 2,263 live performances, Monte amassed a once-in-a-lifetime collection of memorabilia related to the world’s most popular and influential punk rock band. From backstage passes and leather gloves to signed photos, albums, US and international posters, Monte’s collection spans shabby nightclubs, sold-out festivals, the seat-shaking anthem spray-painted with a surname every young musician wanted as their own—Ramone. Monte A. Melnick is also the author of “On The Road with the Ramones," a book in which several of the here-offered items are pictured. The Ramones are the seminal punk rock band, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Grammy & MTV's Lifetime Achievement Award winners and inductees into The Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
RR's Bobby Livingston and Kathleen Palmer recently recorded a podcast with Monte, where he shared some insider stories from his time on the road with the punk pioneers.
Listen and discover the meaning of “No Melnicks,” and find out why the Ramones often stopped by our RR offices. But what was the most important takeaway info gleaned by RR’s podcast hosts Bobby Livingston and Kathleen Palmer? “Don’t drink backstage beer at a punk concert!”
HEAR OUR PODCAST WITH MONTE