Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and culture of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. Danny Says follows Fields from Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to “punk pioneer” and beyond. Danny’s taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. Danny Says is a story of marginal turning mainstream, avant-garde turning prophetic, as Fields looks to the next generation.
What We Thought:
Danny Says is a documentary on Danny Fields who I am embarrassed to say I wasn’t familiar with. Danny did a little bit of everything, a writer, publicity at Elektra, helped grow bands like The MC5, Iggy Pop and The Stooges and much, much more.
A genius man, he attended Penn as a teen and later Harvard, he found himself immersed in almost every New York scene of the 1960s and 70s. He was friends with Andy Warhol and Nico. He helped explode the legendary New York punk scene of the 1970’s. He ran magazines and gave the news of the scene for years.
Despite having a heavy presence in New York, he also did publicity in California for Elektra where he pushed a little band called The Doors. He may have clashed with Jim Morrison, but he was the reason an edited (shorter) version of Light My Fire became a radio hit.
He was also pretty openly gay back then. He might not have known he was gay until his college years, but from that point forward he was not shy about his sexuality. That may not sound surprising nowadays, but remember, this was 40 to 50 years ago when police could raid bars and clubs looking for homosexuals.
Danny Says is an interesting film on a very interesting man. I learned a lot about a guy I just didn’t know. If you like New York stories, anything from Warhol to the New York Dolls, you’ll find it pretty fascinating as well.
- Danny Fields & Bryron Coley Q&A At Amherst Cinema (October 14th,2015)
- Danny Fields & Lou Reed Audio Recording (November.7th, 1975)
- Michael Alago on Danny Fields & Henry Rollins Interview Outtakes
- Justin Vivian Bond & the Leopard Skin Pillowbox Hat Interview Outtakes
- Nico, “Evening of Light” Elektra Promo Film Featuring The Stooges (Directed by Francois De menil)
- Interview with Director Brendan Toller
- Theatrical Trailer
Cast & Crew:
- Danny Fields
- Iggy Pop
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- The Wrecking Crew
- Rock Docs