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New York honours Ramones legend
Joey Ramone
Joey Ramone (left) died in 2001
The late punk legend Joey Ramone is to be honoured by New York with the renaming of a city street corner.

Joey Ramone Place, as it will be known from 30 November, is on the block housing the legendary CBGB club where The Ramones made their name in the 70s.

"It's about time," CBGB's owner Hilly Kristal told Rolling Stone magazine. "The Ramones meant a lot to this city and to music." Ramone died in April 2001 following a long battle with cancer.

Mr Kristal added: "They were the original punk rock band.

'Longevity'

"Their longevity supercedes anybody who sold more records, and the consistency and meaning of their name is greater than anybody in the punk rock field."

The naming ceremony will take place at 1pm local time (1700 GMT) on the day on East Second and The Bowery in the city.

The Ramones are now considered pioneers although the group never enjoyed commercial success.

In the the past few years there has been a greater sense of appreciation for the band, with a tribute album and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Dee Dee Ramone died in 2002, leaving guitarist Johnny Ramone and drummer Tommy Ramone as the sole surviving members of the band's original lineup.

Joey Ramone is credited with helping usher in a musical scene in America to lift the staleness of post-war rock and roll.

The band influenced a generation of musicians ranging from 1970s British punk icons The Clash to 1990s garage-rock bands like Green Day.




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