END OF THE CENTURY: THE STORY OF THE RAMONES
In 1974, the New York City music scene was shocked into consciousness by the violently new and raw sound of a band of misfits from Queens, called The Ramones
15th Anniversary Screening
Playing in a seedy Bowery bar to a small group of fellow struggling musicians, the band struck a chord of disharmony that rocked the foundation of the mid-'70s music scene. This quartet of unlikely rock stars traveled across the country and around the world connecting with the disenfranchised everywhere, while sparking a movement that would resonate with two generations of outcasts across the globe.
Throughout their career the Ramones endured the frustration of being more admired overseas than at home. After galvanizing the English punk rock scene in the summer of 1976, the band returned to the United States to find itself still begging for gigs and airplay.
It seemed a cruel joke of fate when the Sex Pistols, the Clash and other British bands reaped the publicity and much of the credit for creating a style that the Ramones, as much as anyone, had pioneered. Although the band never reached the top of the Billboard charts, it managed to endure by maintaining a rigorous touring schedule for 22 years.
CELEBRATING MUSIC STORE DAY: MONDAY 16-SATURDAY 21 APRIL
This special strand of the Foyle Film Festival Spring Cinema Programme celebrates Music Store Day on Saturday 21 April with a series of the best documentaries exploring and celebrating Punk Rock - including the documentary HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS. This special celebration will culminate with a gig by local punk rock band THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES in the Nerve Centre on Saturday 21 April.
“The hyperbolic claim of the punk-rock historian Legs McNeil that the Ramones ''saved rock 'n' roll'' may finally not be far off the mark.”
~ New York Times