Introducing your kids to your record collection is sometimes a crapshoot. They might get down with Michael Jackson, but then turn around and dis on Prince. My 6-year-old son’s favorite insult is that something “sounds like bedtime music.” There are no lullabies in the Ramones canon, and with their unbelievably catchy tunes, the music has become a great introduction to the punk arsenal for my son.
“Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk” opened at the Queens Museum last weekend, and for those unfamiliar with the borough, it is also a great introduction to Forest Hills, the birthplace of Joey, Johnny, Tommy and Dee Dee.The museum itself sits squarely in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, near the Queens Zoo and the New York Hall of Science. One entrance overlooks the Unisphere, the stainless steel globe the Beastie Boys posed in front of for the “License To Ill” album, which begs to be used as a family photo backdrop to blow up your Instagram. (more…)