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GG Allin, Johnny Ramone memorabilia for sale on Boston auction site

Johnny Ramone’s guitar was offered for auction.
Johnny Ramone’s guitar was offered for auction.RR Auction

With two of the Boston area’s famed music venues shuttering their doors, people may feel like the city’s rock ’n’ roll history is slipping through the cracks.

But there’s another way to preserve a bit of that history.

RR Auction, based in the North End, is hosting an online auction Thursday where rock enthusiasts can purchase items once owned by three late recording artists — Johnny Ramone, guitarist for the Ramones, controversial punk performer GG Allin, and Jim Morrison of The Doors.

“We have been holding auctions for years, and it’s really not often that we have an eclectic collection like this one,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction. “I love this stuff.”


The prized piece of musical majesty for sale, Livingston said, is Johnny Ramone’s custom-designed, stage-used Hamer guitar.

The guitar is from a personal collection of memorabilia owned by Chris Lamy, a fixture of New England’s counterculture music scene who was a close friend of Ramone. Lamy and Ramone first met during a lightly attended Ramones concert in Boston decades ago. They later reconvened at a gig in New Hampshire.

Ramy was traded Ramone’s guitar in the late 1980s, during a visit to his New York apartment.

“Chris and Johnny would trade things,” said Livingston. “They were both collectors. Chris told me the story about how Johnny pulled the guitar out from underneath his bed and gave it to him.”

Lamy also once toured and played with Allin in the group GG Allin and The Jabbers.

Because of that, included in Lamy’s trove of rock items is a setlist written by Allin on the back of his personal resume. Allin scribbled song names on the paper for a show at The Channel, a former Boston club that closed in 1991.

The set list includes titles like “I Need Adventure,” “Bored to Death,” and “Don’t Talk to Me,” which can be heard on the compilation “Banned in Boston.”


The resume on the other side lists Allin’s address, education, and work experience — there’s no mention of becoming a rock legend, however.

“When you see things like this is just blows you away,” said Livingston, of the collection. “To this generation — the end of the Baby Boomers — this is what it was all about, this was our music.”

When the auction ends Thursday night, items not sold will have fixed prices.

GG Allin’s resume.
GG Allin’s resume.RR Auction

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.