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emad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:07 AM
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Plan for Ramone statue inspired by Reagan
Dan Glaister in Los Angeles
Tuesday January 11, 2005
The Guardian


The unlikely connection between a Republican president and a punk icon was highlighted yesterday when it was revealed that a statue of Johnny Ramone inspired by the lavish funeral of Ronald Reagan will be unveiled this week.
Ramone, who died in September last year, was the guitarist with the Ramones and unofficial leader of the group. But, unlike his colleagues - and in contrast to his rebellious image - he was a committed Republican.

"We were watching the funeral from Cedars-Sinai , and Johnny had always loved Reagan - he was his favourite president and his favourite actor," Arturo Vega, the band's artistic director, told the Los Angeles Times. The grandeur of the Reagan funeral led Ramone to consider the memorial to his own mortality.

"And we were admiring how well it was going and how everything was done. I suggested some kind of monument ... He agreed right away. The monument was my idea; the statue was his idea."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1387594,00....
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:30 AM
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1. i was gonna rant
granted, I don't know much about the Ramones, but I always thought that they'd be the "fight the man/stick it to the establishment" types, and something like this i'd normally find unsettling...

but you know what? Reagan was his hero, and his dying wish was to be remembered like him...more power to him, i guess
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:33 AM
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2. I guess. Jeez.
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