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John Holmstrom PUNK magazine & Monte A Melnick The Ramones!

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The Indie Cafe! *In 1975 John Holmstrom co-founded PUNK magazine with Ged Dunn, JR. It spear-headed the punk movement and was instrumental in the success of Blondie, The Ramones, the Dead Boys and other New York City punk bands. Its hand-lettered graphics inspired many crudely-designed fanzines in its wake, and its feature-length photo comics predated the graphic novels of today. PUNK also created the punk art, a short-lived but long-forgotten movement that inspired the East Village art scene a few years later. John Holmstrom has also drawn posters, t-shirt designs, record, book and CD covers for The Ramones, Blondie, The Dandy Warhols, Murphy’s Law, MeatDepressed, The Kowalskis, The Cooties and Mykel Board. He also produced work for Scholastic, the Village Voice, High Times, Heavy Metal, Video Games and many other magazines. In 2000, 25 years after starting it, Holmstrom re-launched PUNK magazine, publishing several new issues, a comic book (Bosko), and in 2013 a book: The Best of PUNK Magazine.He’s currently licensing PUNK- and Holmstrom-related images and artwork for clothing everything from baby clothes to high-end fashion-around the world. He also contributed art, graphics and animation to the upcoming CBGB Film, which will be released on October 10th in theaters around the country.*Monte A. Melnick was the Ramones Tour Manager (and much more) throughout their entire 22 year career (1974-1996, 2,263 live shows). His book “On The Road with the Ramones” is an insider’s look from the people who were actually there, witnessing and experiencing all the extreme highs and lows of one of rock's greatest bands. The book is packed with interviews from the Ramones and people who where very close to the band. There are over 250 photographs and pictures of memorabilia Monte collected along the way.  Monte now works at The New York Hall of Science in Corona Queens New York as their 3D Theater Audio/Visual Supervisor.