Dee Dee's prodigious punk rock portrait of guitarist Johnny Ramone
Huge original artwork by punk rocker Dee Dee Ramone of his Ramones bandmate Johnny Ramone, accomplished in multicolored felt tip markers on stretched canvas measuring 30″ x 40″ and signed below in green marker by Dee Dee. The artwork, entitled “Johnny Ramone,” depicts Johnny playing his Mosrite Ventures II guitar and wearing a ‘Gabba Gabba’ pinhead shirt against a background annotated in red marker by Dee Dee, who mixes the Ramones’ early history with apparent quotes from his band members (spelling retained): “We started playing at C.B.G.B.’s. First we started off and it was just us three and, uh, Joey was playing the drums. We were looking for a drummer. Tommy was working for us. Helping us. Finaly we got him to play drums. He hadnt played rums before. But he sounded fine. It was just us tree. We were only rehearsing about once a week. We weren’t getting much done. Just fooling arround. Just a hobby. Realy. Joey. I used ta do painting’s and stuff. I gave them all away though. Pictures of fruits and vegetables. It was great. Tommy. It was supposed to be an avant garde thing. Right. A hobby when I started playing drums I saw dollar signs. Changed the whole sound of the group. Into you know, hard rock. In December of 1974 Tommy is run over by a taxi cab.” In fine condition.
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