GABA GABA HEY!
So, why am I posting about CB's?
The other day, my mother was kind enough to drive me to Barnes and Noble (bookstore) to have a look around and purchase some Christmas gifts. After about two hours in the store, I was ready to go home . My mother was still looking around the music section (I made the mistake of showing her the new Brian Setzer CD's. She had to listen to every snippet of every song!) I was walking out of the music section when I noticed this new CBGB's book. I decided to look through it since I did a lot of photo shoots there. I wanted to see if the Turbo AC's had made it into the book (I shot their first CD cover). I was getting towards the back of the book, when I came upon two photographs of the Joey Ramone Shrine that was left by his fans right after he passed away in 2001. (Joey Ramone was the lead singer of the Ramones.) I looked at the photos and thought to myself, "Wow, these look like the photos I took the day after Joey died." Then, I caught a glimpse of the photo credit on the bottom of the page, and, low and behold, there was MY NAME! These WERE my photos! I remember that my photo agency, Retna, had sold the Joey Ramone Shrine photos I took, but I thought they only appeared in Rolling Stone and New York Magazine.
When I saw my name in the book, I yelled "OH MY GOD!!!!" Of course, everyone standing near me stopped and stared; my mom came running over to me. She was so proud. We each bought a copy of the book. I'll cherish mine forever, if only because the Ramones were my favorite band in high school, and I'm really happy that I was able to honor Joey when he died. When I lived in the East Village, NYC, I would often see Joey 'cause we both ate breakfast at the same joint. He was very kind. I always wished the Ramones had seen the same kind of commercial success that rip-off bands like Green Day are experiencing to this day. I am a fan of Green Day, but they wouldn't have their sound if the Ramones hadn't existed. Most neo-punk bands wouldn't. Long live the Ramones!
My spread in the new CBGB's book.
photos ©D.L. Brophy