The last original Ramone has died, and the music world is mourning his passing.
From the New York Times: "Tommy Ramone Dies at 65; He Gave Punk Rock Its Pulse"
From Time: "Tommy Ramone: A Rock n' Roll Life in Photos"
FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2005, file photo, Tommy Ramone, ex-drummer and manager of The Ramones, smiles as he is interviewed backstage at the Knitting Factory in New York. A business associate says Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died. Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, confirmed that he died on Friday, July 11, 2014. Ramone was 65. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)
As the Associated Press reported:
The Ramones always seemed too fast. Their songs rushed by, often two minutes or less of pure adrenaline. Their influence outstripped their sales. And now, with the death of drummer Tommy, all four original members of the seminal punk rock band are gone.
Tommy Ramone, born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, died Friday at age 65, said Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management. Frey had no further details.
Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone, taking their surname from an alias Paul McCartney used to check into hotels, formed in Queens, N.Y. in 1974. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members were among the leaders of the original punk rock movement with songs like "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Rockaway Beach."
Wearing ripped jeans, black leather and bad haircuts, the Ramones stripped rock down to its essentials: two guitars, drums, a singer and no solos. Their 1976 debut album had 14 songs in less than 30 minutes, with "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" and "Beat on the Brat" reflecting their twisted teen years.
Other news outlets tweeted their angles on the death of a legend.
In one of his final interviews, Tommy Ramone reflected on the birth of the Ramones: "It was time for something new." http://t.co/Be3jQ42TMZ— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) July 12, 2014
The Ramones' official Twitter account announced Tommy's death with the iconic black and white photo of the drummer smirking, decked out in the classic punk rock sunglasses and leather jacket.
This story has been updated.
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