Biker Jacket. Late 1950s
GODLIS: My name is Godlis. I'm a photographer.
In 1976 when I started shooting, my goal was to catch authentic moments, on the streets of New York and down at CBGB's on the streets of The Bowery at night.
The fashions were definitely changing. What people were wearing on the street were not what they were wearing in that club. People were very fashion conscious and they were anti-fashion conscious at the same time. They were very modern and anti-modern.
The thing about the Ramones that I remember live is not just seeing them, but on stage photographing them with their leather jackets.
The leather jacket was a concept that they had of being brothers. “Oh, we're a band. Look. We all look alike as one." They weren't really brothers. They sometimes didn't get along. But when they put on those leather jackets and got on stage, I'm sure they felt like brothers and in a band and it solidified that for them and it solidified that for us watching them.
So you got these four guys that were not the greatest looking guys in the world, but between their haircuts, their leather jackets, their sneakers, their T-shirts which changed every night from one cool T-shirt to another. We thought they were The Beatles, we really did.