My Ramones – Danny Fields Lifts The Lid On Managing The Ramones

Danny Fields’ importance as one of rock’n’roll’s sidemen simply cannot be understated. As if signing and managing Iggy & The Stooges, working alongside The Velvet Underground, Jim Morrison, the MC5, Modern Lovers and more wasn’t enough, he was also the guy who, as Managing Editor of US teen bible Datebook Magazine in 1966, published an old John Lennon interview where the Beatle had made a fleeting reference to Liverpool’s finest now being “more popular than Jesus”. While the quote went unnoticed in the UK, Fields shone a light on it in Datebook – and the US bible belt barely let The Fab Four ever forget it.

But Fields will forever be best known for discovering, nurturing and managing (alongside Linda Stein) the Ramones, who he first saw perform at CBGB’s in 1975. He’s got a book of his candid photographs of the band out now, and he’s written us a guide to a few of them. The pictures take in everything from buying amps to touring the world. “We had an unspoken agreement,” he explained about his role as photographer-manager. “I’m silently saying, ‘We hope these are going to be good pictures. You like my pictures, you like me, and I’m your manager so there won’t be any photographs that could hurt your career’.”

‘My Ramones’ by Danny Fields is out now, published by First Third Books.