Joey Ramone’s Publishing Rights Sold For $10 Million
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The Ramones’ late lead singer, Joey Ramone, sold his publishing rights for almost $10 million.
Joey Ramone or Jeffrey Ross Hyman in real life died of cancer in 2001 at the age of 49. Now, his publishing rights were listed on the latest acquisition by Primary Wave, one of the largest independent music management companies in the United States. This is the same music publishing that cut deals with Stevie Nicks, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, and many others before.
The brother of Ramone, Michael Hyman, who inherited the musician’s estate, said:
“I’m happy to welcome Primary Wave as partners in my brother’s interests in Ramones. I’m thoroughly convinced of their eagerness to perpetuate his legacy, and their sincerity about doing it in a way that will never compromise his credibility. I, very much, am looking forward to working with them.”
David Weitzman of Primary Wave who sealed the deal meanwhile said:
“In elementary school, when I first heard ‘Beat on the Brat,’ it sounded like nothing I had ever heard and changed my life forever. I had to learn more about this mysterious Ramones… it is an absolute honor and privilege to work with the music of Ramones and Joey’s heir.”
While, the corporation’s vice president Lexi Todd described Ramone as “a total original,” adding:
“His songwriting, style, and voice are all undeniably unique and immediately recognizable still today. A counterculture icon and prime mover of punk rock, Ramones demonstrated first-hand the power of music in influencing culture and built a foundation that has influenced decades of musicians.”