Danny Fields shares photographic memories of the Ramones when they were young
The Ramones' former manager shares behind-the-scenes photos of the band and reflects on their early days, before they were big.
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The Ramones are embedded in pop culture today, but before they became a huge band, they were just four guys from Queens, playing songs to an empty bar on New York's Skid Row.
One of the first people to recognize that they had something special was a guy named Danny Fields. He was on the scene when the Velvet Underground got their start, he worked for the Doors, and he signed MC5 and the Stooges to their record deals.
When Fields saw the Ramones perform in the mid-1970s, he dropped everything to become their manager. The band made a big splash back then, but the Ramones never made it quite as big as Fields and the band knew they could. Their real success came much later, mostly after the original lineup of Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone had passed away.
Fields had the chance to reflect on a lot of this in a new book of photographs called My Ramones. He brings us back to those early days in a conversation with Tom Power.