The legendary guitarist and vocalist for San Pedro punk rockers the Minutemen, D. Boon’s life was tragically cut short in December 1985 by a van accident.
Boon was travelling with his girlfriend on the Interstate 10 out in the Arizona desert when the van he was in careered off the road and sent him flying out the back of it (he was lying down recovering from a fever and was not wearing a seatbelt at the time). He died instantly.
Boon’s tragic and untimely death aged 27 ensured that he had the dubious honour of being entered into the so-called ’27 Club’ of musicians who have all died somewhat mysteriously at that seemingly cursed age.
After a period of grief, his former band-mates Mike Watt and George Hurley eventually found the strength to form a new band with Minutemen fanatic Ed Crawford called fIREHOSE. Watt has been active ever since in a host of different bands and has dedicated every album since to his deceased best friend.
Boon’s gravestone is in the Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, a beautifully tranquil park-like setting that overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Palos Verde Peninsula and the L.A. skyline. The stone which reads ‘Beloved Son and Brother Dennes Dale Boon: April 1 1958-Dec. 22 1985’ can be found in plot 365 B.
Location: Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, California, USA 90275
The lead-singer of the Ramones and one of the most famous punk rockers of all time is buried in Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
After a long and successful career with the Ramones and then briefly as a solo artist, Joey died on 15 April 2001 after a long battle with lymphoma. He was reportedly listening to U2’s ‘In A Little While’ when he passed away.
His headstone carries his birth name Jeff Hyman with a nod to his stage moniker and assured place in rock and roll folklore, and reads: Hyman Jeff May 19 1951 – April 15 2001 Loving Son And Brother a.k.a. Joey Ramone Rock And Roll Hall of Famer.
Fans regularly visit and leave tributes and mementoes to the punk legend, such as black leather jackets, ripped jeans and photographs.
Location: Hillside Cemetery, 742 Rutherford Avenue, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, USA 07071
Joey’s faux-brother Dee Dee was bassist, backing vocalist and a regular songwriter for the punk rock group.
Born Douglas Glenn Colvin in Fort Lee, Virginia in 1951 to a German mother and American father (who was a soldier), Dee Dee spent a portion of his childhood on the move or in Germany before settling with his mother to New York when his parents’ relationship turner sour.
Dee Dee got into rock music from a young age, and in 1974 co-founded the Ramones with Joey and Johnny.
He wrote or co-wrote many of the Ramones’ best known songs, such as ’53 & 3rd’ and ‘Glad To See You Go’.
Dee Dee struggled with substance abuse for much of his life, and left the Ramones in 1989 to work on a variety of different projects, including a much mocked hip-hop album.
Just two months on from Joey’s death from lymphoma and the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first attempt, he was found dead of a heroin overdose by his wife Barbara.
Dee Dee is buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California, close by the bronze memorial dedicated to his former band-mate, rhythm guitarist Johnny Ramone. Dee Dee’s headstone features the Ramones seal at the top and the line “O.K…I gotta go now” at the base.
Location: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA 90038
Vocalist of Los Angeles hardcore punk progenitors the Germs, the short, chaotic life of Darby Crash made him an underground icon.
Born Jan Paul Beahm on 26 September 1958, he adopted the stage name Darby Crash after being kicked out of high school and starting up the soon to be influential band with friend and schoolmate Pat Smear.
Crash had a troubled upbringing which seemed to inform his own actions along with songwriting. His half-brother died of a heroin overdose and he was brought up by his mother, with whom he endured a difficult relationship.
Despite his troubles, Crash managed to write a batch of influential songs that made up the band’s solitary LP, (GI), the title an acronym of Germs Incognito, a state they had to be in to get into many L.A. clubs and play at all.
Crash, who was well known in punk circles for his excessive drug abuse and heroin addiction, died on 7th December 1980 from what is believed to have been an intentional heroin overdose (though his late mother disputed this). He was just 22 years old.
His gravestone in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City reads Beloved Son and Brother Jan Paul Beahm “Darby Crash” 1958-1980.
The fiery singer died just one day before John Lennon was shot dead by crazed fan Mark Chapman outside New York’s Dakota Building apartment where the former Beatle lived.
Location: Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 West Slauson Ave, Culver City, California, USA 90230