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Arturo Vega, shepherd of the Ramones, completed a mural of Jesus before his death on June 8th

Arturo Vega handled the artwork, lighting, and publicity for the Ramones, who are often called the first punk band.

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Vega completed this mural on Elizabeth Street just off Prince Street in March for Quality Mending Company. The words "Life isn't tragic. Love is just being ignored." are from song "Great Provider" by the punk band Mariachi El Bronx, which is based in Los Angeles. Photo of memorial at mural: A Journey through NYC religions

Arturo Vega handled the artwork, lighting, and publicity for the Ramones, who are often called the first punk band. He also managed their many life-tribulations, often providing his loft on East Second Street as their practice space and home. His relationship to the band  was so close that he could be thought of as the fifth member of the Ramones. Vega was born in Mexico on October 13, 1947 and came to New York City to find work as a designer. Instead, he found the Ramones, who made clear that they didn't come to suffer or die for anyone's sins in their song "I am not Jesus."

 

 

Great Provider

Children it's time to move on
'Cause our great provider is gone
And soon we'll need something to eat
As sure as the shoes on our feet

Fasten yourself to your seat
Tomorrow will seem out of reach
Don't let it discourage your dream
I promise you'll get what you need

'Cause life isn't tragic, love is just being ignored
And faith isn't magic, but it's keeping my foot in the door

Children it's time to move on
'Cause our great provider is gone
[x2]

Life isn't tragic, love is just being ignored
And faith isn't magic, but it's keeping my foot in the door
[x2]

[ These are Great Provider Lyrics on http://www.lyricsmania.com/ ]
Click here for more about Mariachi El Bronx

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