Linda Ramone

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Linda Ramone
Linda and Johnny Ramone.png
Born Linda Marie Daniele
(1960-07-24) July 24, 1960 (age 57)
Rosedale, Queens, New York
Residence California
Nationality American
Occupation Philanthropist
Spouse(s) Johnny Ramone (1984–2004; his death)
Website www.lindaramone.com

Linda Ramone (born July 24, 1960) is an American philanthropist and widow of Johnny Ramone.[1] She is the co-owner and a president of Ramones Productions[2] and was the subject of numerous songs by the Ramones, including "Danny Says", "She's A Sensation", and "The KKK Took My Baby Away".[3] She is the founder and president of the Johnny Ramone Army, an organization acting on behalf of Johnny Ramone's estate which holds live events and charity fundraisers, preserving his legacy.[2][4]

Relationship with the Ramones[edit]

Linda originally dated Joey Ramone but later dated and married Johnny Ramone.[5] Stories conflict whether Joey and Linda had broken up prior to Linda dating Johnny or if Linda left Joey for Johnny.[1] Her relationship with Joey and Johnny was referred to as one of the Top 10 Love Triangles by Time magazine[1] and one of the 10 Most Infamous Love Triangles in Music History by Complex magazine.[6] Joey and Johnny continued to tour as the Ramones, even after Linda married Johnny.[7]

Linda is the subject of numerous songs by the Ramones including "She's A Sensation",[8] "Danny Says",[2] and "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)".[2][3] Just before Johnny's death in 2004, he and Linda supervised the erection of an 8 ft tall bronze memorial of Johnny at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.[9] Linda and Johnny were together for 20 years prior to his passing.

In 2012, Linda released the book Commando, an autobiography written by Johnny Ramone.[10][11] Linda did numerous television interviews to promote the release of the book.[4][10]

Philanthropy[edit]

Linda is the founder and president of the Johnny Ramone Army, an organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of Johnny Ramone.[2] She also founded the Johnny and Linda Ramone Foundation.[12] She organizes an annual event entitled the Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever to benefit the Johnny Ramone cancer research fund at USC Westside cancer research center led by Dr. David Agus.[2] The events have been attended by celebrities such as Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder,[13] Rob Zombie,[13] Kirk Hammett,[14] Steve Jones, and Traci Lords.[15] Additional celebrities who have taken part in the events include John Waters, Rose McGowan, Henry Rollins, Joe Dallesandro and Johnny Depp.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 2017, Linda was named to Harper's Bazaar's list of the 150 Most Fashionable Women Now.[17] In March 2017, she was credited as an inspiration to Gucci's new line, designed by creative director Alessandro Michele, featuring a "Hollywood Forever" Jacket.[12]

She also appeared as herself in the season finale of Portlandia.[18]

In a 2012 interview with Harper's Bazaar, she showed off the Los Angeles home that she had shared with Johnny Ramone. She now shares the home with her partner, J. D. King (musician).[12][2] She also revealed that she collects fashion, music and movie memorabilia and maintains a museum-like house with an Elvis room, horror room, Disney room and rock and roll room.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Romero, Frances (28 September 2010). "Top 10 Love Triangles – Joey Ramone, Linda Ramone and Johnny Ramone". Time Magazine. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Blasberg, Derek (2012). "A Fashionable Life: Linda Ramone". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Melnick, Monte (2007). On the Road with the Ramones. Bobcat Books. ISBN 9781847721037. 
  4. ^ a b Chris Kensler & Linda Ramone (3 April 2012). Johnny Ramone is the driven, but practical, inventor of punk rock in autobiography ‘Commando’ (Television News). Fox News. 
  5. ^ "Desperate rock wives: The women who've broken the most hearts in music". MSN Music. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Patterson, Julian (7 June 2012). "The 10 Most Infamous Love Triangles in Music History". Complex Magazine. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Werde, Bill (25 April 2004). "Rock n Roll Standoff". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "Get the backstory on The Ramones' 14 studio albums". PBS. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Boucher, Geoff (10 January 2005). "Johnny Ramone, forever – in bronze". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Moody, Nekesa Mumbi (18 January 2012). "Johnny Ramone's Commando Autobiography To Be Released in April". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Gostin, Nicki (17 April 2012). "Linda Ramone Q&A: Johnny Was Intense, Angry, Smart, Republican". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/la-story-behind-guccis-hollywood-forever-jacket-stores-989195
  13. ^ a b Vasquez, Denise (7 July 2010). "The 6th annual Johnny Ramone tribute event at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery". The Examiner. 
  14. ^ Kirk Hammett (28 September 2010). Kirk Hammett interviewed at the 6th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute (Radio). Indie 103.1 via YouTube. 
  15. ^ Votaw, Emily (19 July 2013). "Johnny Ramone Tribute to Be Hosted By John Waters". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Appleford, Steve (20 August 2013). "Johnny Depp a Surprise Guest at Johnny Ramone Tribute". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/red-carpet-dresses/g8366/female-fashion-icons/?slide=25
  18. ^ http://www.ifc.com/tag/linda-ramone