Farewell To A Legend: Milo Ramone, The Conductor Of The Ramones, Has Passed Away At 83
Born Milo Sebastian Altenhöfen in 1936 in Forest Hills, Queens, Milo Ramone first made a name for himself in the flourishing 1970s NYC punk scene. He was known by musicians all over the city for his signature upbeat conducting tempo and DIY aesthetic, the broken piece of pool stick he used as a baton, the beat up barstool he turned into a music stand, and the wild, unkempt gray hair exploding out from the sides of his balding head. After bouncing from band to band, the middle-aged conductor crossed paths with the Ramones for the first time in 1974—and after seamlessly clicking with the group while filling in for their usual conductor during a legendary show at CBGB, he was officially asked to join the outfit. With the five original Ramones in place, the band was born, ready to set the world ablaze with hit after lightning-fast hit.
I for one enjoy the occasional crowd-sourced live recording, which is why I was happy to come across the Mckenzie Tapes:
The McKenzie Tapes is a collection of live audio recordings from some of New York City-area most prominent music venues of the 1980s and 1990s.
The collection itself was recorded by David McKenzie, a Kearny, NJ-native and former Maxwell’s employee (that’s him pictured above!). It spans mostly from 1985 to 1993, and includes shows played not only at Maxwell’s, but also The Ritz, Irving Plaza, City Gardens, and more.
David generously sent his tapes to me (Tom) in hopes of getting them archived online. I’m looking forward to sharing all this great music over the course of 2018.
All shows are available to stream or download. There are so many good people out there in the world, it makes me want to cry.