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NORTHERN GERMANY


“Sometimes I’m feelin’ my soul is as restless as the wind. Maybe I was born to die in Berlin.” -Dee Dee Ramone


Ramones during their fi rst trip to Europe that were donated by their fi rst manager, Dan Fields, as well as signed album covers, drumsticks, a copy of the Rock ‘n’ Roll High School screenplay, sneakers worn by the band and two pairs of pants that belonged to Joey and Johnny Ramone. Hayler received the pants from the late guitarist in exchange for an Elvis Presley poster. “We’re a bit of a trouser museum,”


Hayler said. Since that fi rst show in 1990, Hayler has


been able to meet most of the band and calls his long history with the group a sign of “mutual trust.” Still, he cannot help but be in awe of the Ramones. “Now, they’re legends,” Halyer said.


“T ey weren’t legends when I fi rst saw them. I mean they were cool, but now they have status. T ey’re icons.” While the focus is clearly the Ramones,


Hayler believes the museum really runs on the spirit of punk rock, a brand of music he claims is still alive in Berlin. “T e museum isn’t supposed to be for


relics,” Hayler said. “Bands come and play here, and they write their names on the wall inside. Some kids come here who have never even heard of the Ramones. T ey just want to see the bands play.” One of those bands is Dan Webb and the Spiders, a garage


rock band from Boston, Mass. inspired by punk and rock ‘n’ roll. Guitarist and singer Dan Webb said the Spiders’ tour through Europe in March made sure the Ramones museum was one of their many destinations. “We heard about the place from friends of ours who had done a similar circuit, and we kept hearing it was a highlight,” Webb said. For guitarist Chris Amaral, just the sight of one of the world’s


biggest Ramones collection was a reason to stop in Hayler’s museum in Berlin. “It’s all this very impressive stuff from mid-‘70s New York, and it somehow found its way to Berlin,” Amaral said.


Top: Memorabilia adorns the walls of the café. Above: Visitors relaxing in the sitting area of the Ramones museum and cafe.


“T e museum is laid out awesome,” Webb said. “I was


checking out these pictures of C.J. [Ramone’s] fi rst show, and it’s like you have a little of everything here.” Hayler makes sure the museum is always evolving by trying


to remodel and change exhibits around every year. Most importantly, he does not want anyone to think the museum is merely a job, but rather, a labor of love. “I’m here almost every aſt ernoon, tinkering with things,”


Hayler said. “It’s like your garage. Once you get home from work, you go to your garage and work on your hobby.”


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