Category Archives: Danny Fields

DANNY FIELDS: THE COOLEST GUY YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF – UNTIL NOW! (GUARDIAN)

BY MELISSA LOCKER VIA THE GUARDIAN

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Danny Fields (left) and Arturo Vega, the Ramones’ art director. Photograph: Roberta Bayley/Redferns

In his diary, Andy Warhol wrote that he would love to film Danny Fields’ life story. The artist died six weeks later, but now Fields’s life has finally arrived the screen in a new documentary called, Danny Says.
You may not have heard of Danny Fields, but you definitely know his friends. As well as hanging out with Warhol, Fields helped launch the Doors into superstardom, palled around with Nico, Edie Sedgwick, and Alice Cooper; was the first person to play the Ramones to Lou Reed; was friends with Linda McCartney despite helping end the Beatles’ touring career; introduced Iggy Pop to David Bowie, and was immortalized in the Ramones tune Danny Says.

For decades, Fields has operated behind the scenes of the music world, forging connections and making stars. “If it weren’t for Danny the world might not have ever heard the Stooges and the Ramones, and we definitely wouldn’t have heard Nico as a solo artist,” said Gillian McCain, co-author of the definitive punk oral history, Please Kill Me, a book dedicated to Fields as “forever the coolest guy in the room”.

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MY WEEKEND WITH DANNY FIELDS, COVERING BRENDAN TOLLER’S ‘DANNY SAYS!’ (SCREEN ANARCHY)

BY ZACH GAYNE VIA SCREEN ANARCHY

“Danny Fields, Forever the coolest guy in the room.” — Legs and Gillian

Music on Film is a new podcast that discusses as many aspects of audiovisual marriage as possible. Guests might include a film composer, a director with a propensity for visionary soundtracks, a musician who is featured in a film, or in the case of today’s premiere episode, the subject of a music documentary.

So what better way to kick off my podcast series, Music On Film, than with a man so charismatically influential to rock, he himself could be the protagonist of a highly favorited movie. In fact, Scorsese recently borrowed aspects of Fields’ glory for his promise-unfulfilled HBO series, Vinyl, but had he aspired to more closely base his protagonist on the spirit of the actual man with the golden ear, we might’ve had a better shot at getting the 70s New York film or show that Danny’s world demanded.

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MUSIC DOC ‘DANNY SAYS’ LOOKS AT THE MAN BEHIND THE DOORS, BOWIE AND IGGY POP! (L.A. TIMES)

BY NOEL MURRAY VIA L.A. TIMES

LEEE BLACK CHILDERS / DANNY FIELDS ARCHIVE / MAGNOLIA PICTURES From left, Danny Fields, Iggy Pop, Lisa Robinson and David Bowie in the documentary “Danny Says.”

Between 1965 and 1975, Danny Fields hung out with the Velvet Underground at Andy Warhol’s Factory, caused a nationwide controversy by publicizing John Lennon’s “bigger than Jesus” quote in a teen magazine, was the press agent for the Doors, signed the MC5 and the Stooges to Elektra Records, and managed the Ramones.

Brendan Toller’s superb documentary “Danny Says” is partly about the searing, serrated rock ’n’ roll that surged underneath mainstream American pop in the ‘60s and ‘70s. But it’s even more about how one man kept showing up just in time to see one countercultural phenomenon after another.

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DANNY FIELDS LOVED PUNK ROCK. IT LOVED HIM BACK. (NY TIMES)

BY ALAN LIGHT VIA NY TIMES

Photo Above, Danny Fields, center, with the Ramones in a photograph shown in the new film “Danny Says.” Credit Arturo Vega, via Magnolia Pictures

In certain circles, Danny Fields is a mythical figure. He’s a rock ’n’ roll mover, shaker, influencer and scene maker — a Harvard Law School dropout who eventually fell in with Andy Warhol’s Factory crowd and went on to manage the Stooges and the Ramones. And yet, when it came time to watch Brendan Toller’s new documentary, “Danny Says,” about his life, Mr. Fields had to brace himself.

“My agenda was, first, would I have to jump out the window?” he said. “I watched it and decided that A, I did not have to kill myself, and B, he really made a good movie.”

Parts of Mr. Fields’s story had been told over the years — most notably, in Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain’s oral history of punk, “Please Kill Me” (which is dedicated to “Danny Fields, forever the coolest guy in the room”). But “Danny Says” — opening Friday, Sept. 30, and named for a 1980 Ramones song — represents the first attempt to capture the full sweep of his experiences, from befriending Edie Sedgwick to fighting with Jim Morrison.

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INTERVIEW WITH DANNY FIELDS: THE SHIT FACTORY!

BY: LEGS MCNEIL AND GILLIAN MCCAIN

The Shit Factory ...Or How Please Kill Me Changed My Life. Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain Interview Danny Fields
Photograph © by GODLIS

 

START TRANSCRIPT:

Summer, 2009

Legs McNeil [Legs]
Gillian McCain [Gillian]
Danny Fields [Danny]


[Testing—background talking]

LEGS: [Humming]

DANNY: Are you singing Beatles songs just to get me riled?

LEGS: Yes [continues humming].

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SEE THE ‘DANNY SAYS’ TRAILER, IN THEATRES SEPTEMBER 30TH!

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If you don’t know who Danny Fields is, then you definitely haven’t read our book. To say Danny was a major catalyst in the invention of punk rock is an understatement. Iggy Pop and the Stooges, the MC5, Jim Morrison, Nico, the Ramones…

 Danny Says is a documentary about his life created by our friend and comrade Brendan Toller. The film is filled with interviews with Danny (wittiest person we have ever met), as well as such rock & roll luminaries as Iggy Pop, Jac Holzman, Leee Black Childers, and more. Go to this film and get a birds eye view into the life of the man we dedicated Please Kill Me to!

In theaters September 30th.

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STEVE HARRIS: THE PKM INTERVIEW 2

This is Part Two of an interview Legs did with record industry veteran Steve Harris for Please Kill Me. Read how the MC5 fucked up their promising career, how Iggy was always misunderstood, and how Danny Fields lost his job… and more…

STEVE: I have the best MC5 story. You might have heard it but this is the best. I’m having lunch with Jac Holzman and he gets a call from our distributor in Detroit. They are throwing all of the Elektra records and Nonesuch records out of the store. They’ll never take another one again. What happened? There was an underground newspaper in Detroit that was pretty important at the time. Now, there was  store in Detroit called Hudson’s. And they wouldn’t sell the MC5 record because it said “motherfucker.” So what the MC5

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did was they took out a full page ad and said if they don’t sell their records that they would kick out their doors and windows. And they put the Elektra logo there. Well, the distributor was crazed. It was like Tower Records saying you can’t carry any more records, right?

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CANNES KEEPS ITS TRADITIONS, INCLUDING ITS BOOS! (NY TIMES)

BY MANOHLA DARGIS VIA NY TIMES

A still from “Gimme Danger,” Mr. Jarmusch’s documentary about Iggy Pop, which is also showing at Cannes. Credit Danny Fields, via Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, France — A week into the Cannes Film Festival, the machine-gun-carrying soldiers vanished. For the first stretch of this event, a cluster of soldiers had been patrolling the main shopping drag that runs parallel to the promenade overlooking the Mediterranean, just one part of the show of force this year. France remains in a state of emergency, but festivalgoers exist in a bubble, and, in time, talk about heavy security gave way to other concerns, like whether Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” would win the Palme d’Or, and if Sean Penn’s “The Last Face” was worse than Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon” or Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World.”

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CULT HEROES: DANNY FIELDS – THE 60’S AND 70’S SCENESTER WHO MADE PUNK HAPPEN! (THE GUARDIAN)

BY CAROLINE SULLIVAN VIA The Guardian

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The former Doors publicist and Warhol Factory member who got the Stooges a record deal and managed the Ramones was there during the most epochal moments of rock history. You can blame him for the Bay City Rollers, too Danny Fields: ‘My talent is just that I’m a super audience member, a number-one fan.’

A mixed blessing of social media is that it allows pop stars to convey their thoughts directly to fans. While it can be painful to read the unpunctuated trumpetings of some YouTube embryo, it represents a much better deal for fans than was the case in the 1970s, when teen magazines were the immoveable gatekeepers to the stars. American pop fans had an especially hard lot: the biggest magazine, 16, had a distinctly autocratic flavour, with an editor who encouraged readers to address her as Miss Stavers – no first names tolerated – and reputedly flew into a fury when teenage readers turned up at her office.

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