Punk Rock Road Trip
Roadtrip to Ruin
If you guys are like me, you enjoy history, landmarks, and the awe of being somewhere important. You are probably also a punk rocker. I've been searching the internet for years trying to find any and all punk rock landmarks I can and continue that search to this day. This is my compilation of those finds, from grave sites to music venues to street signs, this is your one stop spot for all of your punk rock tourist stops!!
Joey Ramone's Grave
Where better to start that with the band that started it all? Joey Ramone, born Jeffrey Ross Hyman, is the unmistakable and irreplaceable front man of the band that, arguably, started punk rock, The Ramones. Joey passed away at age 49 on April 15, 2001 after a seven year battle with lymphoma.
Joey is buried with a gravestone labeled "Jeff Hyman" at Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst, NJ.
The marker reads:
"Loving son and brother
a.k.a Joey Ramone
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer"
The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder on March 18, 2002, a little over a year after Joey's passing, and later the Hall of Fame honored Joey at a ceremony in New York on May 14, 2009 after many expressed that they felt Joey was not properly honored in their initial induction.
If you are planning on visiting be sure you get there before they close at 5pm. (I made that mistake the first time I went to visit, biggest bummer EVER!)
Joey Ramone's Grave at Hillside Cemetery.
What is your favorite Ramones record?
Here's the Ramones..
Beginning in 1974 in the Forest Hills, Queens, New York, the Ramones became of one the biggest bands in rock and roll history and are noted as the beginning of punk. Taking their name from Paul McCartney's alias and applying it as a surname, these Bowery boys had one goal play fast and loud and they did. After releasing 14 studio albums the band called it a day in 1996 but they left behind them a revolution and a generation of kids starving to play fast and loud. The Ramones will live on forever. Gabba Gabba Hey.
Too Tough To Die - Johnny Ramone's Grave
Johnny Ramone, the commando, was undoubtedly one of the most original and influential guitar players of all time with his new super fast, down stroke method of playing he created a sound that is unparalleled in power, a sound that changed music forever - the 'punk' sound. The Ramones guitarist, born John Cummings, passed away at age 55 from Prostate cancer on September 15, 2004 - 3 years after his induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and 4 years after his bandmate, Joey's passing.
Johnny has a legendary monument for his grave, a large bust of Johnny playing his famous Mosrite guitar, in the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles, CA - a cemetery filled with famous folks from George Harrison to Johnny's bandmate Dee Dee Ramone.
His gravestone reads:
(born John Cummings)
legendary guitarist for
'If a man can tell if he's been successful
in his life by having great friend
then I have been very successful'"
Every year Johnny Ramone's widow, Linda, throws a star studded celebration of Johnny's life. Keep an eye out for the announcements at www.johnnyramone.com.
Johnny Ramone's Grave Plaque
The Crusher - Dee Dee Ramone's Grave
Dee Dee Ramone, born Douglas Glenn Colvin, was the infamous bass guitar player in the seminal punk band The Ramones, known best for his snotty, misunderstood attitude and intense live performance. Dee Dee passed away at age 50 from an overdose on June 5, 2002 - only a few months after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Dee Dee is bury at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, Ca, not far from his bandmate, Johnny Ramone. Although not as flashy as Johnny's, Dee Dee's grave marker is a just as powerful sporting a Ramone's crest on the top that reads, "I feel so safe flying on a ray on the highest trails above."
Dee Dee's grave marker reads:
"Douglas Glenn Colvin
Dee Dee Ramone
O.K...I gotta go now."
GG Allin's Funeral (Bootleg VHS)
Hated: GG Allin's Grave
If you know anything about punk rock, you've heard of GG Allin, the most hated man in punk rock. I have heard numerous stories from people in my life including a man who punch GG in the face during a San Antonio show. GG was known for his on stage antics from performing naked to defecating on stage and peeing on his audience, he even spent a whole tour evading the police. GG Allin, born Kevin Michael Allin although legend has it he was born Jesus Christ Allin, passed away at the age of 36 on June 28, 1993 of an accidental heroin overdose. This was not according to his plan as he would often announce from stage that he was going to kill himself on on stage on October 31st, Halloween night.
GG Allin is buried at Saint Rose of Lima New Catholic Cemetery in Littleton, NH.
GG's grave marker reads:
For my mission ends
vicinity of death.
Live Fast Die"
and under a picture of Allin on the right of the stone it reads:
"Rock N Roll Terrorist
Kevin M. Allin"
It is not uncommon to find the grave marker with graffiti, urine, or poo on it or with beer cans surrounding in and the occasional passed out crusty punk GG worshiper. You were warned.
Resurrection of GG Allin Exhibit at The Museum of Death
The Museum of Death in Hollywood, CA was started as a controversial art gallery but quickly spun into a museum of "death education" boasting all sorts of deadly exhibits from a guillotined head to the crime scene photos of The Black Dahlia murders but on April 20th 2014 they opened up one of their coolest exhibits to date. In conjunction with GG Allin's brother and band member, Merle Allin, The Museum of Death officially opened the first and only exhibit about GG's life, career and death.
This exhibit features a lot of artifacts from GG's career, a career fueled by anger, hatred, alcohol, and drug use. GG's shows were infamous and notable by his practices of playing naked, cutting himself open and bleeding all over everything and everyone and defecating on stage and rubbing it on himself and occasionally others. This exhibit sports several artifacts including the outfit GG was found wearing at time of death.
The exhibit costs $15 and that includes entrance into the Museum of Death.
Parking is FREE!
If you decide to venture through The Museum of Death be warned, it is not for the faint of heart as there are many graphic exhibition items including gruesome photos of crime scenes and the like. The Museum encourages mature audiences only and notes than many visitors have been prone to pass out in the museum, most notably men.
Darby Crash's Grave
The Germ's were a great yet unfortunately short lived unit of punk rock fury led by charismatic and fiery front man Darby Crash, born Jan Paul Beahm. Darby was known for his intense stage presence ranging from arguing with the crowd, shouting for a beer, and cutting himself open on stage. With only one full studio album under their belts and a ton of bans from music videos all over LA, this band still left an incredible mark on punk rock. Darby passed away at the age of 22 on December 7, 1980 of an intentional heroin overdose, sadly his death, which was intended to be a statement of sorts, was largely overshadowed by the murder of John Lennon in New York City on December 8th.
Darby is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA. His plot is marked by a simple marker that states only:
"Beloved Brother and Son
Jan Paul Beahm
Suburban Eatery: Abigale Restaurant
Now if all you have is $35 and a six pack to your name you may want to stray from this next spot or at least the inside, the Abigale Restaurant in Hermosa Beach, CA used to be the rehearsal space of punk greats Black Flag, Descendents, Circle Jerks and Redd Cross but is now a restaurant that opens in time for every punks favorite meal: Brunch! Now although the prices of an entrée are up there, the décor is an homage to the past sporting walls covered with old show flyers from Hermosa Beach's illustrious punk past.
Cool spot for historical value but a bit pricy for the average couch surfing crust punk.
Prices of entrees start at $12 and go to $30. Bring extra cash if you plan on eating here.