“DANNY SAYS” names one of the 15 must-see movies of SXSW
“…a nice documentary on the man who almost undoubtedly helped shape whatever music you are listening to right now.” – Rolling Stone Magazine
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, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones.
Danny Says follows Fields from Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to 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.
Danny Says is largely crafted from over 250 hours of present-day interviews and items from Danny Fields’ immense archive (thousands of photographs, audio cassettes, ephemera).
Interviews conducted for Danny Says (not necessarily starring): Michael Alago, Eric Andersen, Penny Arcade, Scott Asheton, Roberta Bayley, Jim Bessman, Susan Blonde, Justin Bond, Leee Black Childers, Judy Collins, Alice Cooper, Mike Diana, Myk Fisher, Danny Goldberg, Bob Gruen, Duncan Hannah, Steve Harris, Fayette Hauser, Kristian Hoffman, Jac Holzman, Billy James, Louis Edward Jordan, Larry Kaplan, Lenny Kaye, Wilson Kidde, Howie Klein, Wayne Kramer, Jon Landau, Richard Lloyd, John Lomax III, Pat Loud, Gary Lucas, Steve Mackay, Dick & Zoe Manitoba, Jim Marshall, Gillian McCain, Monte Melnick, John Cameron Mitchell, Paul Morrissey, Billy Name, David Neuman, David Peel, Dennis Peron, Iggy Pop, Tommy Ramone, Randi Reisfeld, Jonathan Richman, Yvonne Ruskin, Natalie Schlossman, John Sinclair, Seymour Stein, Arturo Vega, Loudon Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Jann Wenner, James Williamson, & Mary Woronov.
“Danny Says” is the title of a Ramones song written by Joey Ramone, a Phil Spector production from the End of the Century album. Danny Says is proud to be fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts and Artspire.
“What struck me most about the film was how this ultimate fan of popular culture lived out the values of official Modernism, always seeking the new and the radical. Warhol, who had learned precisely the same values in art school, was Fields’s first encounter with the pop avant-garde, in 1963, and then Fields went on to surf the cutting-edge through most of the important rock movement of the next decade.” Blake Gopnik, September 28th, 2016.
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