Danny Fields -- a former Elektra Records publicist and The Ramones' first manager -- brought bad-boy rockers to the pages of teenybopper mag 16 and led punk acts The Ramones and The Stooges into the limelight. Now his copious archives and personal photos are heading to Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Click on to see the rock history captured by Fields, who walked Billboard through the iconic images.
Danny Fields photographed by Wesley Mann on May 15 at his home in Manhattan.
IGGY POP "This is upstairs at Max's Kansas City in 1973," Fields tells Billboard. "Iggy had stitches because he'd fallen on glass a few nights before. I introduced him to David Bowie around that time. Iggy was staying at my apartment, and my friend [rock journalist] Lisa Robinson called to say Bowie was at Max's and wanted to meet him. So, I brought him over. I was his de facto manager, and I'm so proud of him. You know, a major factor that brought The Ramones together was that they were the only Stooges fans at Forest Hills High School [in Queens]. I like that there's a link."
THE RAMONES "Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, who signed The Ramones, knew of this recording studio above Radio City Music Hall, Plaza Sound, where Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra rehearsed in the 1930s. The elevator didn't go all the way up to the studio though, so you had to drag your equipment up like two flights of stairs. This was where Ramones was recorded for the legendary sum of $6,400 in seven days. They turned on the tape recorder and played the songs as if it were a show -- one take on each song. Craig Leon, who co-produced the album with Tommy Ramone, is at the sound board on the far right."
JOHN WATERS"[Author] Fran Lebowitz an...
JOHN WATERS "[Author] Fran Lebowitz and I were talking to him in my apartment for Interview magazine in 1973 when I took this. It was before [his 1974 film] Female Trouble. That's Iggy Pop's bush above him."
PAUL SIMONON, KEITH LEVENE, DEE DEE RAMONE (from left) "This was the bicentennial July 4 weekend in London. The Ramones drew their largest audience, about 2,000 to the Roundhouse there. Musically, it became a metaphor for the American Revolution. At the time, The Sex Pistols and The Clash had been rehearsing but hadn't yet played for an audience. I remember Johnny Ramone telling [Clash bassist] Simonon, 'What are you worried about? Have you heard us play? We stink.'"
NICO "This was at London's Portobello Hotel in 1974. We were very close. The first time she appeared in my life was at a party I threw the week after John F. Kennedy's murder, to help me and my friends deal with the shock. That night, she announced that she wanted to f--- my friend Seymour Avigdor. He was 19 and quite gay, but she seduced him.
ALICE COOPER "This is at his place on Fire Island [in New York] in 1974. I'd met Alice and his band years before -- they played some of the same shows as The Stooges. He also hung out at Max's Kansas City. This picture was taken for 16, but I don't think it was ever used. They liked to have one artist who made the girls shiver and tremble. They started with Jonathan Frid from the TV series Dark Shadows, then Jim Morrison, then Alice. We would do stories like 'Alice Teaches You How to Put On Makeup.'"
DEE DEE RAMONE "I took this at The Ramones' 1977 New Year's Eve show at the Rainbow Theatre in London. I heard afterwards that 10 row of chairs were thrown at the stage. If so, they missed. They certainly missed the band members. If they hit kids standing in the front, that would have been a pity, because that's where the best fans are."
JOE PERRY & STEVEN TYLER This was for 16 in 1973. It was the onset of the unfortunate glam period, and I guess they thought that preening was what the little girls who read the magazine would like. And it was how Steven presented himself onstage with those schmattas. He was [Mick] Jagger in chiffon."
FIELDS & LINDA McCARTNEY "The only other person in the room was Paul, so I must have handed him my camera. They had rented that apartment for me in London while Linda and I collaborated on her first book of photographs [published in 1976], which I'd encouraged her to do. Her photos were great. She was so beautiful that boys just wanted to perform for her camera."
JOEY RAMONE "I took this at the Sunset Marquis hotel in Los Angeles in the summer of 1976. That's how I communicated with Joey -- by taking his picture. He was so shy, and I was always nervous about having to talk to him. He was so smart and funny and ironic."