The Ramones, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Tommy Ramone, &

The Ramones, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Tommy Ramone, 'Band Portrait'

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© Chris Stein
U.S.A. c.1970s
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

Stein and Ramones relationship stemmed from a period before either had started working with the bands that would come to define them. 'I met Tommy early on. He had a band called Butch that played at Mercer Arts Center, maybe in 1972. Later, after the Mercer literally collapsed and I had started working with Debbie, I ran into him and he told me he had a new band called The Ramones. I probably was at their first show at CBs and remember how awesome they were in spite of their rawness.' Chris Stein for NME

'Oh yeah, I remember being a little kid using those little box cameras. I also had a magazine with a very evocative picture of a snowy street, and I looked at it all the time. I felt so drawn into this image even as a child. That was the photo where I first really felt that pull, that desire to capture things.' 
Chris Stein for Hunger

'Renowned as the co-founder and guitarist of the iconic new wave band Blondie, Chris Stein’s photography is as poignant and powerful as the songs he wrote. Documenting New York from the seventies to today, he’s lived through the streets and the streets live on through him: from the city’s early punk scene to the landmarks long lost, Stein has captured cultural moments like none other. Captivated by how photography can bottle up a memory forever, his work aimed to keep things as candid as possible, from his still-bandmate and former-partner Debbie Harry to strangers on the street, the result is raw images, people at their most honest.' Kitty Robson for Hunger.

Blondie co-founder, guitarist, producer, photographer and co-host of cult cable show TV Party, Chris Stein began shooting in 1968 and hasn’t put the camera down since. It’s all there on film: Warhol, Debbie Harry, the cast, the city – and its his documentary of the Big Apple throughout the 70s and 80s that remains just as looming a character in his photographic archive.

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