Music journalist-turned-music executive Danny Fields was one of the most influential figures in the music during the 1960s, ‘70s and early ‘80s. He did publicity for The Doors, managed Iggy and the Stooges and The Ramones, and got Elektra to sign the MC5. For what it’s worth, he was also one of the first openly gay people to work in the music industry.
Filmmaker Brendan Toller and writer Justin Skrakowski have amassed over 250 hours of interviews with Fields and his friends and associates, and have taken to Kickstarter to turn all this material into a film, called Danny Says.
In various associations (not always happy) with the likes of Jim Morrison, Jeff Buckley, Andy Warhol, David Cassidy, John Cameron Mitchell, Nico, the Ramones- designated by Alice Cooper as “the mayor of the backroom at Max’s Kansas City,” Danny Fields was the person who bridged the gaps, passed the gossip and kept a roaring fire lit backstage (literally, at the Monterey Pop Festival). “Danny is a connector—like a fuel injector in a car. He brings all the elements together for an extreme explosion,” so says Iggy Pop.
After dropping out of Harvard Law School (where at 19, he was the youngest person in his entering class) Danny 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 AdvertiserMagazines, Danny found himself in the teen-fan world of Datebook Magazine. In 1966, as Managing Editor, Danny 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, Danny 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. Many years later, Linda’s husband was amused to hear that his wife’s friend mischievously, though of course quite inadvertently, lit the spark that caused much trouble for the biggest band in the universe.
They’re trying to raise a downright reasonable $20,000 to make the film, so go ahead and check out their campaign here.