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by Danny Fields

Multimedia Touring Exhibition

Danny Fields, a native New Yorker, is one of the most unique characters and a true original innovator in rock & roll history who self-described him: “My talent is just that I’m a super audience member, a Number 1 fan. And I think I have good taste” Since watching The Beatles perform their second american show ever (NYC’s Carnegie Hall, 1964) he has seen it all, been everywhere, met everyone and done everything operating behind the scenes, forging connections and making stars in the music world. Starting as a journalist on New Jersey’s WFMU and on Databook magazine (where he was responsible for shining a spotlight on John Lennon’s quote about The Beatles being “more popular than Jesus” in 1966) Danny Fields played a pivotal role in music and culture of the late 20th century. As first publicist, then A&R man at major label Elektra he signed none other than the Doors, the MC5 and the Stooges before the 70’s even started! He served as the Ramones manager for their most important and prolific era (1975-1980) and got them signed to Sire Records in 1975! Punk pioneer and beyond, Danny's taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. He introduced America to the Bay City Rollers, was a peripheral member of Warhol’s Factory crowd, wrote some of the earliest press for acts as The Who and Velvet Underground, introduced some of rock & roll most iconic couples like Nico to Jim Morrison and later on Iggy Pop and David Bowie, and also once declined to manage a then unknown Boston band called Aerosmith because he didn’t like the group’s members… Not only he was there to witness it all and be part of the action by eye and ear but also taking some of the most iconic photographs of the era. His first book of pictures “My Ramones” was published in 2016 and featured hundred of never-before-seen and some of the better-known pictures of NYC’s Fast-Four. Legendary seminal punk bible book “Please Kill Me: The Uncensoired Oral History of Punk” (1996 by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain) was dedicated to Danny "for his gorgeous taste in music, his generous intellect, and his killer sense of humor, forever the coolest guy in the room" In his own diary, Andy Warhol wrote that he would have loved to film Danny Fields’ life story, which many years later film-maker Brendan Toller did on his 2015 press-and-public acclaimed documentary “Danny Says”, named after the song Joey Ramone dedicated to him on the Phil Spector produced Ramones LP “End of the century”, 1980. Available now on Netflix, the flick describes a life that combined hedonism and an unerring ear for the next thing. “This was a guy who would look at something that nobody else was really ready to see and say” (Iggy Pop on Danny Fields).

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The Ramones performing at CBGB's. New York City, 1974

The exhibition, entitled 'My Ramones', showcases an expansive and immersive collection meticulously curated and produced by TMPG. This unique exhibition brings together over 100 large-scale images that capture the raw energy and unfiltered moments of the Ramones, one of the most iconic punk bands in history. But it goes beyond just photographs. Visitors will also experience an auditory journey with music and videos that complement the visual feast, creating a multi-sensory exploration of the band's legacy. Additionally, the exhibition includes rare vintage contact sheets, replicas of original Polaroids, and a selection of original memorabilia. These pieces offer a glimpse into the personal archive of the artist, providing an intimate look at the band's history through the lens of someone who was there, capturing every candid moment. 'My Ramones' is more than an exhibition; it's a comprehensive tribute to the band, curated to engage fans and newcomers alike, allowing them to dive deep into the world of the Ramones through the eyes of a legendary figure in music photography, Danny Fields.


Then the Ramones started calling me constantly, really aggressive, saying, ‘Why are you always writing about Television and Patti Smith? We’re playing at CBGB’s too! Write about us!’

Danny Fields 

Photo London 2020

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