Joey Ramone Place
The long-limbed singer of punk rock pioneers the Ramones, Joey Ramone is one of the most celebrated frontmen in alternative rock history.
Born Jeffrey Ross Hyman on May 19th 1951, he co-founded the Ramones in 1974 with pals John Cummings and Douglas Colvin, and took on the stage name Joey Ramone, and soon after the rock music landscape was changed forever.
The Ramones released their debut self-titled LP in 1976, and it soon became an underground sensation. Songs like ‘Beat On The Brat’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend’ and ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ birthed the signature punk rock sound that the band would deviate little from during their lengthy and successful career.
The Ramones disbanded in 1996, and Joey died of lymphoma on 15 April 2001, after a long battle with the illness.
On November 30, 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in the Bowery neighbourhood of New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place. Joey once lived in the area with his band-mate Dee Dee, and is also in close proximity to the former site of the legendary music club CBGB, where the Ramones and many other new wave and punk bands first announced themselves to the world.
It has been widely reported that the sign holds the dubious honour of being the most stolen sign in New York City, and as a deterrent to potential thieves it was raised to 20 feet above street level.
Location: Bowery & East 2nd Street, New York City, New York, USA 10003
Miles Davis Way
Legendary jazz musician Miles Davis has also been honoured by the city of New York, with a street close to his former apartment named in his honour on 26 May 2014.
A spirited five year campaign by his friend and former neighbour Shirley Zafirau saw then New York City Mayor Bloomberg finally sign a bill to make it a reality in December 2013.
Approximately hundreds of jazz aficionados attended the unveiling ceremony of “Miles Davis Way,” which runs along 77th Street between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue on the Upper West Side of New York City.
Davis would have been 88 had he been alive to see it, but he died 28 September 1991 from a deadly combination of respiratory failure, a stroke and pneumonia when aged 65.
The trumpeter was actually born in the state of Illinois, but resided for a significant period of his life in New York City, including 25 years in an apartment at 312 West 77th Street, until the mid-1980s.
Many of his classic albums were recorded during those highly fertile years in New York, including Bitches Brew and On The Corner.
Location: Close to Miles’ former home at 312 West 77th Street, New York City, New York, USA 10024
Waylon Jennings Boulevard
Pal and musical collaborator at one point in his life with Buddy Holly, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, country and rock ‘n’ roll outlaw Waylon Jennings is a music legend in his own right.
The wayward genius Jennings was a staple of the country rock scene for most of his life, before succumbing to a diabetes related illness in early 2002.
Jennings scored a vast array of country and rock ‘n’ roll hits, and was a part of the successful ‘Outlaw country’ movement, a group of like-minded artists tearing up the increasingly staid Nashville scene which included Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.
Jennings released acclaimed records such as The Ramblin’ Man, Lonesome, On’ry And Mean and Wanted! The Outlaws (a collaboration with Nelson, Jesse Colter and Tompall Glaser), and in the mid-1980s he was a part of the successful country super-group The Highwaymen with Cash, Kristofferson and Nelson.
Jennings struggled with drug and alcohol addictions throughout most of his life, and this excess no doubt contributed to his ill health in the later years.
In 2001 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, but the eternal rebel refused to attend the ceremony in his honour. His hometown of Littlefield, Texas has paid tribute to its most famous son in various ways, including naming two boulevards (West and East) after him.
Jenning’s son Waylon Albright ‘Shooter’ Jennings continues to carry the musical torch for his late father, Shooter being a successful country musician in his own right.
Location: West (and East) Waylon Jennings Boulevard, Littlefield, Texas, USA 79339
The Australian hard-rock legends with Scottish roots were honoured by the city of Melbourne, Australia in late 2004, when a laneway in the central business district (the boringly named Corporation Street) was renamed after them. Interestingly, the band’s trademark lighting bolt (or even the substitute slash) that separates their name could not be used due to a stubborn Geographic Names Registrar policy, so is stylised merely as “ACDC Lane” instead.
The narrow laneway, which bears a blue sign and a lighting bolt on the wall behind it, runs south from Flinders Lane between Exhibition Street and Russell Street. Melbourne City Council chose this particularly laneway due to its proximity to Swanston Street, where Bon Scott and the boys filmed their iconic clip for It’s a Long Way To the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) from the back of a flatbed truck, prior to former lead singer Scott’s untimely death in 1980 and the recruitment of former Geordie frontman Brian Johnson.
At the street’s re-christening on 1 October 2004, then Lord Mayor John So cut the tape on ACDC Lane by stating: “As the song says, there is a highway to hell, but this is a laneway to heaven. Let us rock.” And many AC/DC fans and street musicians have flocked here in the years since to do just that.
Location: ACDC Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000
Placeta Joe Strummer
This small square in the Spanish city of Grenada has a special plaza and plaque in remembrance of The Clash’s chief lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Joe Strummer.
The Placeta Joe Strummer was inaugurated in May 2013 in the Andalusian city that the late Clash frontman had a warm relationship with. Members of his family and musical allies were in attendance.
Before he became a major player in London’s punk rock scene, Strummer had shared a west London squat with Esperanzo Romero, and when he began dating her sister Paloma (who would herself become immersed in punk as the drummer of The Slits) he developed a keen interest in Spain and Granada where their brother Fernando was studying.
Strummer would become particularly interested in the Spanish Civil War and the resistance against General Franco’s fascist forces, and wrote the London Calling song ‘Spanish Bombs’ about it – mentioning Granada’s celebrated poet Federico García Lorca by name and the Andalusian resistance.
Strummer lived in Granada for some time after The Clash fell apart, before moving to nearby Almeria.
The idea of putting his name on a street or plaza in the city was sparked on Facebook, and Granada’s City Council took it into consideration and eventually ratified it.
Placeta Joe Strummer has two levels, the lower one has a stone fountain and the upper is surrounded by pine trees, and the plaza boasts spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada.
Location: Cuesta Escoriaza, 31, 18009 Granada, Spain