This is a photo of The Ramones playing the legendary rock club CBGB’s in New York in 1977. I didn’t choose this photo because The Ramones are my favorite band or because punk rock is my favorite genre of music – I chose it because this era has influenced the underground/indie music I love in more ways than it’s possible to count. In order to appreciate a band like Nirvana, for instance, you have to know who their influences were and where they came from. The Ramones themselves were influenced by even earlier hard rock bands like The New York Dolls, for example. The passionate, DIY ethos of punk rock in the ’70s and beyond is something that artists can learn from today – creating your own record label to put out your own singles, championing your own shows, driving your own tour bus. These bands believed in their music and made the scene happen, which is fascinating in an age when most information was spread by word of mouth. I wasn’t around in the ’70s and thus have missed out on the hindsight of actually “being there”, so to speak, but I do know that the concerts I go to now and the artists I adore owe a lot to this era of music. This photo and these stories should be preserved so that kids in the future know this as well.