(From left: Joey Ramone, Linda Ramone, Johnny Ramone)
Linda Daniele was 18 when her best friend took her to CBGB’s and she saw The Ramones perform for the first time. She was soon a regular of the club and began dating Joey Ramone. The couple’s romance lasted for three and a half years but was brought to an end when Linda left Joey for his bandmate and best friend Johnny Ramone. In an interview with Henry Rollins, Linda commented on the relationships:
“I was totally in love with Joey, and Joey was totally in love with me, but Johnny Ramone fell in love with me during this time, and Johnny never gives up. So Joey had to fight for me with Johnny. He tried for a little while, but basically he didn’t want the band to break up. That’s the one thing that people don’t realize: the Ramones were the most important thing to Joey and Johnny. Joey tried, and he would tell Johnny not to talk to me, and Johnny would say, “I don’t care what you say, she’s my best friend.” So one day Joey said to me, “Johnny’s in love with you. Monty told me.” And I was like, “I don’t think so.” And he said, “But I can’t get rid of Johnny.” Me and Joey had our time together, and we taught each other a lot. He was really my first boyfriend that I moved in with, but I realized at that point that Johnny was never going to let go. I guess I was attracted to Johnny because he was so powerful and he was in charge.
I was 21 at this point. I met Joey when I was 18. I’m not blaming that; you know what you’re doing. But you don’t really think about what you’re doing. You always heard about Anita Pallenberg, Keith Richards, and Brian Jones, but you don’t realize once you go from one to the other it isn’t going to be pink and rosy. It’s going to be pretty bad. And Joey was pretty upset, but it was my destiny to be with Johnny.” (Interview)
Urban rock legend has it that the two bandmates had a fist fight upon the revelation of the new relationship and that Joey beat Johnny so badly he had to undergo surgery. Although The Ramones continued to perform together as a band, the two men barely spoke to each other directly for the rest of their lives.
Johnny and Linda married and remained together until Johnny’s death in 2004.
And vice versa. Somewhere in a parallel universe, The Song Remains the Same ends with these two riding Robert’s white horse off into a world full of rainbows and unicorns, long hair flying out behind them.
Something I would love to see French feminists do, an art project in solidarity: buy a burkini, go on a beach, lay the burkini out onto the sand (maybe put a couple rocks in it so it doesn’t blow away). Lots of people do this at the same time, take pictures, put them all over the internet etc.
The point is, the burkinis aren’t banned from the beaches. The muslim women who would wear those burkinis are.