The photographic volume My Ramones, by their former manager Danny Fields, previously available only as a rare limited edition, has been published by Reel Art Press.
The book contains more than 250 photographs from Fields’ personal collection highlighting the new wave figureheads and taken between 1975 and 1977. Danny first saw the band play a 15-minute set at the famous New York club CBGB in New York in 1974, soon after they formed, and immediately offered to manage them. Their record deal with Sire followed in 1975.
Fields accompanied the Ramones on their early tours across America and Europe and captured many images of the band working, posing with their fans and in more informal settings. They give a vivid sense of what life was like in those early days of a band who became one of the most celebrated on the new wave scene.
In addition to images of that first tour, Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny and Tommy are seen during the recording of their self-titled and highly influential first album. They’re also seen hanging out with fellow scene-makers Talking Heads, Blondie, the Clash, Sex Pistols and New York Dolls.
Also depicted are the Ramones’ art director Arturo Vega, photographer Lee Black Childers, Rock Scene magazine editor Lisa Robinson, label boss Seymour Stein and his wife Linda, who co-managed the band. My Ramones also features Fields’ commentary and memories triggered by the photographs, and further recollections by Michael Stipe of R.E.M., New York Dolls frontman David Johansen and Sire Records’ co-founder Seymour Stein.
Fields was already an important figure in American rock history even before he began his association with the Ramones. He helped to launch the Doors and was the manager of MC5 and Iggy and the Stooges, introducing Iggy Pop to David Bowie. He describes My Ramones as “a labour of love, with people I love, and featuring people whom I loved more than I can ever say. I hope it shows in the pictures.”