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FENDER® CELEBRATES LIFE OF DEE DEE RAMONE; KICKS OFF “DEE DEE RAMONE, THE EXHIBITION NYC”

NEW YORK CITY (December 16, 2014) – Fender, the world's leading guitar manufacturer, celebrated the life of legendary punk bassist, Dee Dee Ramone, at Hotel Chelsea, located at 222 W. 23rd Street from 7 – 9 p.m. on Tue., Dec. 9 with an exhibition grand opening party. The exhibition, which runs from Dec. 10 – Jan. 1, features rare original paintings by Dee Dee, as well as wardrobe, memorabilia and rare artifacts from Dee Dee’s personal archives. It also features iconic vintage photographs and original artwork of Dee Dee by world famous street artist, Shepard Fairey, Vicki Berndt (who created “Saint Dee Dee”), Parbo (who created the “Dee Dee Ripper”) and Billy Perkins. It also showcased the soon-to-be-released Fender Dee Dee Ramone Limited Edition Signature Precision Bass® guitar. Attendees included John Cafiero (Dee Dee’s estate manager and exhibition curator), Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), Jerry Only (The Misfits), Barbara Ramone Zampini (Dee Dee’s wife and collaborator), Chris Stein (Blondie) and Sean Yseult (White Zombie); as well as many of the exhibit’s participating photographers, including Keith Green, Bob Gruen and Stanley Ryan Jones.

(PHOTO ABOVE OF JERRY ONLY AND JOHN CAFIERO BY DEBORA SPENCER).

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About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation  Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors, whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch®, Jackson®, Takamine®, Guild®, EVH®, Charvel® and Groove Tubes®, among others. For more information, visit www.fender.com.

About Dee Dee Ramone  Recipient of a Grammy award for lifetime achievement, Dee Dee Ramone (born Douglas Glenn Colvin, Sept. 18, 1951 – June 5, 2002) was a founding member, and primary songwriter in the world famous Ramones. He was the bassist from their start in 1974 until leaving the band in 1989 to pursue a solo career and other endeavors. Dee Dee continued to write songs for the Ramones until they retired in 1996. Dee Dee’s multi-faceted art included an ongoing series of paintings, some of which are prominently displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museum in Cleveland. His pieces have sold in galleries all over the world for impressive amounts throughout his lifetime and only continue to escalate in value. Dee Dee's gravesite is located at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, visit DeeDeeRamone.com or Facebook.com/DeeDeeRamone

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