Ramones: ‘They were outcasts who had contempt for those who rejected them’
From 1975 to 1980, Danny Fields managed the Ramones, and photographed them constantly. He shares those photos from his new book My Ramones and remembers his time with the New York punks
The first time I saw the Ramones was at CBGB in 1975. I was the co-editor in chief of 16 magazine, and I had a weekly column in the Soho Weekly News, which they gave away at Maxs Kansas City on a Thursday night. The Ramones wanted to know: Why arent we in Dannys column? Tommy would call and he was so nice and so humble: We know what you like, you would love us! The writer Lisa Robinson had been barraged with similar requests, and she said shed go and see Ramones one night, and I should go and see some other band, then wed compare notes. The next day she said: Youll love this band. Theyre cute and loud and their songs are short. So I went to see them. I loved the first lyric, the first song, the first sound. That first song was I Dont Wanna Go Down to the Basement. Afterwards I met them outside CBGB and Tommy said: Will you write something about us? I said, I want to manage you. They knew who I was, because they met through loving the Stooges and I had signed the Stooges to Elektra. They said: A lot of people want to be our manager, so if you give us $3,000 for equipment it could be you.