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

The Ramones with journalist Lisa Robinson and their manager Danny Fields at Café de Flore, Paris, Spring 1977 
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The Ramones with journalist Lisa Robinson and their manager Danny Fields at Café de Flore, Paris, Spring 1977 

Ramones, Feeling Magazine 1978

Ramones, Feeling Magazine 1978

Ramones: original lineup, with Tommy’s replacement Marc Bell, photo by Chalkie Davies, 1978
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Ramones: original lineup, with Tommy’s replacement Marc Bell, photo by Chalkie Davies, 1978

Ramones, original lineup on the cover of Feeling magazine, 1978

Ramones, original lineup on the cover of Feeling magazine, 1978

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

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

Ramones, photo by Lindell Tate ca 1977-78
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Ramones, photo by Lindell Tate ca 1977-78

Ramones, backstage, New Jersey 1981
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Ramones, backstage, New Jersey 1981

Ramones, Punk Magazine #2, Summer 1976
Ramones, ca 1977
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Ramones, ca 1977

Ramones at the Bowery, by Chalkie Davies, New York, 1977
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Ramones at the Bowery, by Chalkie DaviesNew York, 1977

Ramones, 1977

Ramones, 1977

Ramones live at El Mocambo, Toronto, circa 1978

Ramones live at El Mocambo, Toronto, circa 1978

Ramones, live, 1976

Ramones, live, 1976

Ramones, Old Grey Whistle Test, 1980

Ramones, Old Grey Whistle Test, 1980