"This was July 4, 1976, the two hundredth anniversary of America's bloody battle to free itself from English rule. It was Independence Day for us, not them. Little did we know that together we were founding a new revolution — a musical one. We weren't aware that we were about to launch an entire cultural movement. No one was." — Mickey Leigh, I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir
This is how Joey Ramone's younger brother (and then–stage manager) described the Ramones' first show in England. As the legend goes, every one of the 3,000 audience members that Sunday night at London's Roundhouse went on to start a band, and it jump-started the careers of the Clash and the Sex Pistols. While the details might be slightly off or possibly even exaggerated, the true importance of the Ramones' two English gigs cannot be overstated, nor can the beauty of taking one of the quintessential American bands and flying them across the pond on that historic date. As the band's co-manager Danny Fields says in Leigh's book: "On the two-hundredth anniversary of our freedom, we were bringing Great Britain a gift that was forever going to disrupt their sensibilities."
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