ramones

Robert Christgau has a remembrance up of Tommy Ramone, who passed away last week; Caryn Rose also shared her thoughts on his passing.

Electric Literature looks at seven notable literary magazines from Chicago.

JA Tyler talked with David Ohle at BOMB.

The Dissolve looks at the early films of Noah Baumbach.

Eliot Holt wrote an open letter to Alice Munro.

Jamie Iredell interviewed Aaron Burch at Atticus Review.

Thoughts on Ai Weiwei at Hyperallergic.

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  • roadcat

    Tommy was my dearest and oldest friend.
    We grew up together in Forest Hills Queens New York.
    I went to Stephen A Halsey Jr High and Forest Hills High school with him.
    He got me to pick up the bass guitar and enter into the crazy world of rock music.
    We played in several bands together (Triad & Butch) here in NYC over the late 60’s and early 70’s.
    We built and managed Performance Studios in NYC, a recording/rehearsal studio the Ramones started in. I worked with him when he was in the Ramones and well after he left.
    He had an advanced musical foresight, well ahead of the times in forming and being part of the Ramones. He was a great musician on the guitar, then the drums, later on the mandolin, banjo, fiddle and many more instruments. His musical expanse bridged from Punk to Indie Bluegrass.
    I mourn the passing of the last of the original Ramones, my friend and a true musical visionary.

    Monte A. Melnick