People have asked me, “What makes a punk?” After we’d retired, I was driving in Los Angeles, and somebody called out to me, “Hey, you’re driving a Cadillac. How’s that? How are you a punk if you’re driving a Cadillac?” I said, “What the fuck are you talking about? I wrote the book on punk. I decide what’s punk. If I’m driving a Cadillac, it’s punk.”

RIP Johnny Ramone (October 8, 1948 – September 15, 2004), photo by Jim Leddy, March 1976

People have asked me, “What makes a punk?” After we’d retired, I was driving in Los Angeles, and somebody called out to me, “Hey, you’re driving a Cadillac. How’s that? How are you a punk if you’re driving a Cadillac?” I said, “What the fuck are you talking about? I wrote the book on punk. I decide what’s punk. If I’m driving a Cadillac, it’s punk.”

RIP Johnny Ramone (October 8, 1948 – September 15, 2004), photo by Jim Leddy, March 1976

David Bowie by Andrew Kent, ca 1976
The Runaways: Joan Jett, photo by Adrian Boot, London 1976

The Runaways: Joan Jett, photo by Adrian Boot, London 1976

Anarchy Audience, Castle Cinema, photo by Dave Smitham, Caerphilly 1976 
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Anarchy Audience, Castle Cinema, photo by Dave SmithamCaerphilly 1976 

Johnny Thunder’s Heartbreakers, Anarchy Tour, photo by Dave Smitham, 1976
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Johnny Thunder’s Heartbreakers, Anarchy Tour, photo by Dave Smitham, 1976

Ramones self titled debut album certified gold 38 years later
The Damned: Rat Scabies, ca 1976
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The DamnedRat Scabies, ca 1976

Ramones - 53rd & 3rd (Live 1976) - Leave Home (Expanded and Remastered)

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David Bowie on the train to Moscow, photo by Andrew Kent, 1976
The Clash: Joe Strummer in the crowd of a Notre Dame Hall gig, November 1976. 

The Clash: Joe Strummer in the crowd of a Notre Dame Hall gig, November 1976. 

Ramones, Supreme Court building, Washington DC, photo by Danny Fields, 1976

Ramones, Supreme Court building, Washington DC, photo by Danny Fields, 1976

The Runaways: Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, photo by Adrian Boot, Heathrow Airport, UK 1976

The Runaways: Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, photo by Adrian Boot, Heathrow Airport, UK 1976

Ramones early poster by Arturo Vega, ca 1976
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Patti Smith photographed by Dennis Morris, England ca 1976

Patti Smith photographed by Dennis Morris, England ca 1976

Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto at the Electric Circus, Manchester 1976
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Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto at the Electric Circus, Manchester 1976