Dead: September 15, 2004
High of His Life: The Ramones are widely considered in rock critics circles to be the most significant, influential and by some measures best rock band to ever come from America. In the 1970′s they essentially invented the basic “punk rock” vernacular both in style(leather jackets, ripped jeans) and sound(fast catchy songs played loud). They rode their place in rock history to a handful of minor hits in the states and explosive international fame and riches.
Johnny was in many ways the band’s guiding business force, keeping them on track for decades of money making and touring success.
Low of His Life: Of course in the credibility department Johnny Ramone pretty much tanked. His out spoken conservative ideals rarely jived with the punks he inspired, his hard nosed business tactics often left his band mates out in the cold and he stole the woman Joey Ramone loved basically surrendering in the public relations war between the two.
Beyond all of that trouble it was once widely rumored(and at one point publicly confirmed though later retracted Marky Ramone) that Ramones concerts actually featured a second unseen guitarist off stage doing most of the important guitar work.
Who Sees Him As a Hero: Bill Joe Armstrong, Bob Mould, conservative punks everywhere, t-shirt sellers everywhere.