RAMONES MUSEUM BERLIN

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1) NEW RAMONES MUSEUM BERLIN
(Museum re-opened on October 8, 2008).

2) 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF NEW RAMONES MUSEUM BERLIN
(event was on October 29-31, 2010).

3) ORIGINAL RAMONES MUSEUM BERLIN
(September 15, 2005 - November 2007).





1) NEW RAMONES MUSEUM BERLIN

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Ramones Museum Berlin is first real Ramones museum in a world. Florian Hayler run the museum. There is a 10th anniversary event at the Ramones Museum Berlin on November 29, 2015. CJ Ramone will play then a short set. Next day starts officially CJ Ramone's European tour. Read more about Museum and it's history below.

Ramones Museum Berlin is first real Ramones museum in a world. Florian Hayler run the museum. Florian Hayler opened Ramones Museum Berlin on September 15, 2005 and it had to close in November, 2007 because of expensive rent.
Florian Hayler (you can see him in photo in right together with Arturo Vega) did re-open Ramones Museum Berlin on October 8, 2008. Florian wrote to me in general of the Museum: "We were lucky enough to find a beautiful spot in the heart of Berlin, Germany. Located close to Alexanderplatz, Friedrichstrasse and Oranienburger Strasse with its cultural highlights such as the Berlin Synagogue and the Arthouse Tacheles. Here you will not only find the 300+ original memorabilia items such as Johnny Ramone's stageworn jeans or Joey Ramone's microphone stand and glove, but you will also get the chance to sit down, relax and have a coffee, a beer or a snack in the Cafe Mania while meeting Ramones fans. The Cafe Mania is owned and run by a girl named Svana.
Ramones Museum Berlin Opening day, October 8, 2008 is Johnny Ramone's 60th birthday and CJ Ramone's 43rd birthday."

Many of those items has special stories behind of them. Like Florian referred for Joey Ramone's microphone stand. Joey destroyed that microphone stand during the show at the Academy, New York, USA on February 29, 1996. It was last Ramones show in NYC. Also known as the night when Greatest Hits Live was recorded.

Opening times of the Ramones Museum Berlin are:
Sunday-Thorsday: 12AM-8PM.
Friday-Saturday: 12AM-10PM.

SOME OLDER NEWS CONCERNING NEW MUSEUM
- Ramones lightning and art director Arturo Vega was at the Ramones Museum Berlin on October 8-11, 2008. He had there a memorabilia auction on October 10 and 11 (including rare shirts, posters, photos etc.). Arturo also had a photo slide show in October 11 at 6PM. Also he sold Ramones merchandise.
Arturo did show to me in New York in May, 2008 Johnny Ramone's childhood photos, school dploma etc. He took them to Ramones Museum Berlin in October, 2008.

- Ramones Museum Berlin will have the screening of music related movies in December, 2008. All movies will be on a big screen inside the Museum and free of charge!:
* December 12, 2008, 18:30 (6:30PM), End Of The Century - The Story Of The Ramones
* December 16-17, 2008, 18:30 (6:30PM), free entry to the museum to all Die Toten Hosen fans that show in a museum valid ticket for the Die Toten Hosen show on December 17 at the O2 Arena in Berlin. They has a screening of the Die Toten Hosen DVD 3 Akkorde Fur Ein Halleluja.
* December 30 (18:30 ->) and December 31 (18:00 ->), 2008, screening of the Ramones It's Alive show at the Rainbow Theatre in London, UK, in December 31, 1977. There is also traditional memorabilia lottery, you can win then tour T-shirts, posters etc.

* August 28, 2009: While touring in Europe, CJ Ramone will have meet and greet and signing session at Ramones Museum Berlin on August 28, 2009. It is 1PM. CJ Ramone will also sign copies of my books, like of Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives book. Admission is free. Day before he has show at Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin, Germany, and after signing at Waldbuhne in Berlin, Germany. Die Toten Hosen etc. will be also playing then.

* New Ramones Museum Berlin has first anniversary event on October 16-17, 2009. It is Dee Dee Ramone special with guests, Ramones creative director Arturo Vega and Paul Zone. Paul Zone was in music scene early, like he saw David Bowie premier Ziggy Stardust at Carnegie Hall, Iggy Pop & The Stooges at the Electric Circus in 1971, the first ever performances by The New York Dolls at the Mercer Arts Cente etc. Zone was friends with the Ramones members before the Ramones was even formed. Beside of Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone and Tommy Ramone Paul Zone has photographed for example Stiv Bator, Blondie, Alice Cooper, Wayne/Jayne County, New York Dolls, Kiss, Suicide, Marc Bolan, Ray Davies...

* December, 2009 Die Toten Hosen's singer Campino did introduce the Ramones Museum to the audience in one German TV channel, the ARD Morgenmagazin, at 5.30-9 on December 7. The singer guided through Ramones history, dropping anecdotes andsharing his memories about the Ramones etc. While walking at the Ramones Museum, Campino said how all the things (items etc.) he see brings like dejavu experiences. He also said he cried when the last intro for the last Ramones show in Buenos Aires started in 1996. (that was last Ramones show he attended. Die Toten Hosen also played that night there).

* New Year's 2009: Ramones Museum Berlin throw a 2 day party including lottery with valuable prices, It's Alive will be broadcast on big screen and Arturo Bassick from The Lurkers will play you some great tunes.

* May, 2010: Finnish band Disco Ensemble had exclusive fan-prelistening for new album The Island Of Disco Ensemble at the Museum on May 4, 2010. They also were DJ's. May 5, 2010, there was at the museum Another State Of Mind featuring Social Distortion and Minor Threat, cult movie on a big screen in museum's series Like It Was Yesterday.

* September, 2010: There is lot to see at the Ramones Museum Berlin in September, 2010.
- September 1: legendary punk documentary on a huge screen: The Decline Of Western Civilization The Decline Of Western Civilization (USA, 1981), September 5, 2010: Royal Republic (Sweden) does play acoustic set, September 17: Joey Briggs (The Briggs, USA) does play acoustic set.

* March 31, 2011: Acoustic and free show start at 3 PM by a well known indie-rock four-piece A Boxer Rebellion (London, UK). Singer Nathan Nicholson and his friends will perform an exclusive acoustic set and also introduce their brand new songs from the album The Cold Still.

* April 7, 2011: Florian Hayler feels Foo Joggers to be the next big thing from the far west of Germany. Foo Joggers has free and acoustic show at 7PM. "They play folk-pop with a sharp indie edge. Frontman Jan's vocals sound like he just had a night out with Tom Waits and Joe Cocker. Thank god he doesn't look like them.", laughs Florian.

* April 13, 2011: The Blacklist Royals are from Nashville, Tennessee and they play their southern flavoured punkrock at 7PM. Free show.

* April 15, 2011: This day is 10th Anniversary of Joey becaming our angel.
Berlin's band Radio Dead Ones has acoustic record release show at 8PM at Ramones Museum Berlin. New album is called AAA. Band raised by groups like Rancid and Swinging Utters and have supported aces like US Bombs and Backyard Babies.

* April 23, 2011: Florian Hayler tells: "Remember Chikinki's number1 hit You Said? So do we, and we're stoked that Brighton's finest chose the Ramones Museum to introduce their brand new songs from the album Bitten to their fans. Bitten was recorded in guitar player East's Berlin Studio, and this acoustic set in the Ramones Museum marks Chikinki's return to their home away from home." Free show start at 7PM.

* April 24, 2011: Free show by Teenage Bottlerocket start at 2PM. The already legendary Monster Bash at Berlin's Columbiahalle brings you performances by bands like NOFX, Descendents, Millencolin etc. Teenage Bottlerocket soundalikes Ramones, Queers and Screeching Weasel.

* May 15, 2011: Jeff Rowe from Alliston, Massachusetts, USA, is singing his tales from this side of life. His latest album Barstool Conversations sits right next to guys like Chuck Ragan, Jesse Malin and Brian Fallon. Free show.














2) 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF NEW RAMONES MUSEUM BERLIN.

Ramones Museum celebrated its 2nd Anniversary on October 29-31, 2010. Special guests included Danny Fields (Ramones manager in early 70's), Arturo Vega (Ramones creative director), Monte Melnick (Ramones' long time tour manager) and George DuBose (official Ramones photographer and album cover designer etc.).
Events started every day 6PM. Admission was free.

Read here story of this 2nd anniversary event.

Danny Fields,
is the first Ramones' manager (Tommy was first as well). Danny did personally show never before seen images of the Ramones, including photos from their earliest career steps such as buying their first P.A., going to London, UK in 1976, visiting Washington, USA, and hanging out at the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles, USA.
Danny not only worked with the Ramones, but also with the MC5, Stooges, New York Dolls and The Doors.

Monte Melnick,
- I will be presenting a PowerPoint lecture on the Ramones and will be signing the new German edition of my book On The Road With The Ramones, titled Auf Tour Mit Den Ramones, wrote Monte Melnick for me before this event.
- Monte was babysitter, nurse and shoulder to lean on in one, putting up with the endless touring and driving from one show to the next. For our 2nd anniversary, Monte Melnick will be present and will reflect his career with the Ramones, tell funny stories and incidents, show never before seen photos and hang out with the fans - just like in the old days!, continue Florian Hayler who run Ramones Museum in Berlin.

Arturo Vega,
Arturo has become one of the main supporters of the Ramones Museum, contributing some of the finest Ramones memorabilia that would have never seen the light of day.
Arturo Vega was the Ramones' creative director since 1974, he designed the Ramones' eagle logo and most all of the Ramones art, shirts, special collections, etc. He worked as the Ramones lighting director. With the Ramones he worked on 2 261 shows, and only missed 2 Ramones shows altogether.
Arturo run Ramonesworld.com.
You can find lot of his Ramones stories from my books Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives (2009), Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone (2004) and Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone (2002).

George DuBose,
George Dubosehas photographed and designed nine albums with the Ramones. In all George has photographed and designed over 300 album covers, has collected around twenty gold and platinum albums for groups as diverse as REM, The Go Gos, and Melissa Etheridge. George DuBose has also worked with many other artists also, like with Tom Waits, Madonna, and The B52s.
He also took photos of other Ramones related things, for instance he took the promo shots of Dee Dee's when he started his rap career as Dee Dee King.
George DuBose has released a great book entitled, I Speak Music - Ramones. The book has 104 pages and about 60 of them include previously unreleased photos. You can read George DuBose's stories about how the various concepts came about and how these remarkable photos were executed. You can find his long interview with lot rare photos from my Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives book.












3) ORIGINAL RAMONES MUSEUM BERLIN


OBS, FOLLOWING INFOS ARE OLD NEWS CONCERNING ORIGINAL MUSEUM. BUT I WANT TO KEEP THESE INFOS HERE AS A PART OF THE HISTORY... ALSO PHOTOS IN RIGHT ARE FROM OLD MUSEUM TAKEN BY ME.


Florian Hayler opened Ramones Museum Berlin on September 15, 2005 and it had to close in November, 2007 because of expensive rent.
Florian wrote to me then in November, 2007 this way:
"The landlord of the apartment of Ramones Museum Berlin raised the rent about 300 % and he actually found someone who is willing to pay an astronomic amount of money for our gabba gabba headquarters. So from now on people can buy soap in the basement of Solmsstr. 30, formerly known as the home of the Ramones Museum Berlin. ANYWAY: As we were hoping to the last second that we were allowed to stay, we do not have a location to fall back on. BUT: Of course Ramones Museum Berlin sees things positive and we hope to reopen in an ever nicer, bigger, brighter and ground leveled location any time soon. We'll use December (2007) and January (2008) to negotiate our options and then decide where to move. (November 7, 2007)

News from October 18, 2007:
- The Ramones lightning and art director etc. Arturo Vega visited Ramones Museum Berlin on October 19-21, 2007. He had there some really rare Ramones stuff and also the latest Ramones shirt designs etc. They were for sale in this weekend only. Also you got chance to buy there my books
Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone and Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone.

News from May 16, 2007:
- Ramones Museum Berlin did throw a two day party for Joey's 56th birthday on May 19-20, 2007 (in both days Museum was open from 12-6PM. Day was including Ramones lottery with valuable prices such as original shirts, posters, buttons and other kinds of Ramones memorabilia. Marky Ramone visited Ramones Museum Berlin on July 19, 2007, Marky was then playing in Berlin. News from December, 2006:
- Ramones Museum Berlin invited you to special It's Alive weekend event, it was in Berlin, Germany on December 30 and 31, 2006, exactly 29 years after the recording of that legendary Ramones live album It's Alive at London's Rainbow Theatre. You saw at Ramones Museum for example nine never before seen photos from that show, provived to them by photographer Paul Slattery who attended this show and captured the excitement and rawness of this historic gig with his camera. So they were on display on December 30 and 31 only! In a museum you got also chance to see real two sided Gabba Gabba Hey/ Happy New Year sign that the Ramones made for this New Year's event only.

News from November, 2006:
- 14 month after the opening Ramones Museum Berlin had the first anniversary party, it was at Cassiopeia Club on November 17, 2006. Great Ramones cover band The Rämouns were playing. There was some contests, like Sandra Unglaube won a Joey Ramone lookalike contest etc. One highlight was George DuBose's Ramones show with never before seen Ramones photos. George DuBose shot many Ramones album covers. Anniversary party was attended by more than 500 devoted Ramones fans!

News from July, 2006:
- On Sunday, August 6, 2006, came 10 years of last Ramones show. Ramones Museum Berlin celebrated this 10th anniversary with a special Ramones Farewell Show Lottery. Everyone who came down to the museum on August 6 had the chance to draw lots and win valueable prices.

News from April, 2006:
- Ramones debut album was released on April 23rd, 1976! Ramones Museum Berlin celebrated that day also cool way: Rob Freeman was the man behind the console, giving Ramones its distinctive sound by setting up the amps and the microphones in the studio and placing the bandmembers in separate rooms of the Plaza Sound Studios in NYC. For the first time in 30 years, Rob revealed all details about the recording of Ramones:
- Who sang the background-vocals for I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend?
- Was it a real chainsaw that was used for the intro of Chainsaw?
- Who decided to change the lyrics for Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World?
Rob Freeman's eyewitness story was flavoured with never before seen photos of Ramones manager Danny Fields, Freeman's printed report was available for free at the Ramones Museum.

News from September, 2005:
- The first Ramones Museum ever did open it's gates in Berlin, Germany at 4pm Thursday on September 15, 2005,... It was then exactly one year after Johnny got a call from heaven. Ramones Museum in Berlin displays more than 300 unique memorabilia items of The Ramones. On display is a pair of Johnny Ramone's stage-worn jeans, a stage-worn glove from Joey Ramone (as seen in the video for I Wanna Live, from the collection of Ramones tour manager Monte A. Melnick) and a pair of Marky's sneakers, plus huge amount of posters (also from 70's, like of the first Ramones show in Berlin in 1978), unpublished photos and signed memorabilia from 1975-1996. Most of you fans not have also seen hard to get promotional items, like Leave Home letter opener, first Ramones promotional T-shirt from 1975, miniature Ramones baseball bat which was promo item concerning first album etc.
Some stuff was pretty hard to come up with, like the Road To Ruin (Needles And Pins) Pin Box, a brown Johnny Ramone pick, a signed Ramones frisbee or some really early photos from 1976, taken in New Jersey just two weeks after the legendary Roundhouse gigs in London.