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PHOTOS: Ramones Exhibit Brings Rare Photos and Memorabilia to Queens Museum

By Katie Honan | April 5, 2016 2:21pm | Updated on April 6, 2016 8:25am
 The Queens Museum exhibit runs through July.
PHOTOS: Ramones Exhibit Brings Rare Photos and Memorabilia to Queens Museum
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CORONA — The history and legacy of the Ramones will be on display starting this weekend at the Queens Museum, not far from where the group got its start.

"Hey, Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" opens to the public on Sunday, April 10, and runs through July. There will be an opening reception on Sunday with live music from 4 until 8 p.m.

The exhibit, curated by Marc H. Miller and Grammy museum executive director Bob Santelli, features rarely-seen photos a memorabilia from the band's families and friends.

Monte Melnick, the band's roadie and tour manager, loaned more than 150 items from his personal collection, including t-shirts, posters, passport photos and backstage riders.

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Melnick went to junior high school and high school in Forest Hills with many of the Ramones, and played with Tommy in a band in the late 60s.

He wrote a book, "On the Road with the Ramones" that details the thousands of shows he performed in during the 22 years he traveled with the band.

When asked what his favorite show is, Melnick — who now works in audio and visual at the New York Hall of Science — was stumped.

"I did 2,263 shows," he said, adding that the experience was mostly a blur.

But he said he was happy the group was getting its retrospective.

"I'm the only one who's still alive from the beginning," he said. 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the end date of the exhibit. It ends in July.