Monday, 16 November 2015

My Ramones - Danny Fields: New Limited Edition Photo Book from First Third Books

Ramones - Copyright Danny Fields
Independent publishing company First Third Books Ltd announces its latest photo book, "My Ramones - Danny Fields" - a limited edition hardback of rare and never before-seen photographs of the Ramones compiled in collaboration with Danny Fields, the band’s first manager. Chosen from his extensive personal archive, all the images of the four founding members of the Ramones were taken between 1975 – 1977 when Fields co-managed them with Linda Stein and had unique access to the band. The photos are accompanied with commentary and captions by Fields adding new perspective and insight to one of the best-known bands in recent music history. We are pleased to be able to show you a selection of some of the superb photos that will feature in the book.

Ramones with The Damned & Chrissie Hynde - Copyright Danny Fields
Fields first saw the Ramones play at CBGBs in New York; after a 17 minute set, he met with the four founding members and told them that he wanted to be their manager. "I had to bribe them with $3,000 which they said they needed for a new set of drums. I went to Florida, asked my mother to lend me the money, came back with her cheque, and got the job. I photographed the band on tour, backstage, in the studio, walking around, meeting fans, seeing the sights and just checking things out" says Fields. Fields and his partner Linda Stein brought the band to London in July 1976, where their appearances at The Roundhouse and Dingwalls had an indelible influence on the emerging Punk scene in the UK.

Joey Ramone - Copyright Danny Fields
"My Ramones - Danny Fields" is a unique document of the band’s early career that will be published on April 3rd 2016 as a hardback limited edition of 1,000 numbered books. Two options are available to pre-order now – a standard version of 700 copies retailing at £40 and a special edition of 300 copies which will include a previously unpublished signed and numbered 10”x7.5” print from Fields’ archive retailing at £70, sold exclusively via the First Third Books website.

Johnny Ramone in France - Copyright Danny Fields
With offices in London and Paris, First Third Books is an independent publisher of quality photo books on alternative music and subcultural life. Previous collaborations include volumes on "Punk+" (Sheila Rock’s photos of the early London Punk scene), Felt, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Saint Etienne and Marc Almond. Future scheduled releases include books on Big Star, John Grant, the HBO series "Looking" and Siouxsie & The Banshees.

Johnny & Joey in the Studio - Copyright Danny Fields
All photographs copyright Danny Fields and used by courtesy of First Third Books. Check out the First Third web-site here for more information on this and previously released books. You can see our features on Sheila Rock's PUNK+ book in the Blog archive here.

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