Tune in Tuesday, October 4th as KXLU Los Angeles presents Center Stage with Mark Gordon, featuring special guest filmmaker Brendan Toller. He will be talking about his latest film DANNY SAYS, a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields.
Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at kxlu.com
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.
After dropping out of Harvard Law School (where at 19, he was the youngest person in his entering class) Fields saw his New York loft on West 20th Street become a crash pad for the Harvard Square contingent of the Factory crowd (Edie Sedgwick stayed there on her way to “Girl of the Year”). After brushes at bizarre entities such as Liquor Store and Outdoor Advertiser magazines, Danny found himself in the teen-fan world of DATEbook Magazine. In 1966, as Managing Editor, Fields was responsible for shining a spotlight on John Lennon’s cataclysmic “more popular than Jesus” quote, which sent a shock-wave through the American Bible Belt, where bonfires and death threats contributed to the Beatles decision to stop performing live at the height of their career. At DATEbook, Fields befriended the talented, young photographer, Linda Eastman, who became one of Danny’s closest friends (before she became Mrs. Paul McCartney)—Danny and Linda frequently worked as a photographer/reporter team.
DANNY SAYS is lead by Fields’ voice and is largely crafted from over 250 hours of present-day interviews and items from Danny Fields’ immense archive of thousands of photographs and audio cassettes.