Danny Says

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Brendan Toller
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min


You're always looking for sexy.

- Everyone's always.

- Looking for sexy.

I'm always looking for sexy!


smart is sexy.

("I Got a Right")

(by Iggy & The Stooges plays)

It is as if I know

how wonderful this person,

this talent is.

I'd rather see a bit

of a miracle, and then...

just encourage it to keep

being miraculous because

the thing about people,

- especially when they're young.

- And coming along,

s that they're racked

with so much insecurity.

They don't know

how fabulous they are.

He seemed to be at the pulse

of the underground

in New York City.

He was always, sort of,

in that world of

Lou Reed and Iggy,

the whole Warhol gang.

- He was sort of.

- The mayor of New York City,

When it came to that.

Danny's a connector,

like a fuel line in a car,

which is, by the way, one of

the most dangerous places,

a place where things

are liable to... erupt.

He's been the handmaiden

to the gods,

he's been midwife to

some of the most important

people in music.

I remember the first time

I went to his house,

and I found the "Wall of Fame."

And he said, "Yeah,

here's Janis and Patti..."

Various stories,

denigrating or otherwise,

about all of them.

- And then.

- There was a picture of me.

You know, in a mirror,

putting my make-up on.

I was really overwhelmed.

- Somehow I was preparing.

- My first trip to New York,

Danny said, "Stay with me."

- Really, Danny was my.

- ntroduction to New York.

And the East Coast.

And Danny was the first person

to explain to me the importance

of a cover of a magazine.

That meant something. We just

put any random thing on a cover.

- He said, "No, no, no,

- when you do that,

t signifies great importance."

So that was

another revelation to me, so...

You know, kinda just...

Danny was an early teacher.

Danny was one of those people

who was into rock 'n' roll

and the rebellious edge

that it had,

and he chose to work with

the most rebellious

of those people.

His art is knowing how to

place people within a context,

and that context,

within the culture.

All of the bands that were in.

Danny's universe,

- whether he worked.

- With them or not,

Had a great,

great influence because

they were doing something

that nobody else was doing.

They created themselves

out of the stuff of...


He speeded up the evolution

in a tremendous way.

Nothing was ever

the same after that.

This music went on

to take over the world.

("Begin the Beguine"

(by Cole Porter plays)

I was born in Brooklyn.

My father was in

and out of the war,

so there was a lot of

grandparents and aunts.

There were four sisters,

and their idea

of sinning as teenagers,

was to go out and eat shrimp

in a Chinese restaurant.

- God bless that generation.

- (laughs)

That's how they defied...

tradition and parent control,

they ate shrimp.

And I grew up with them,

so they were sort of

four "Auntie Mames" in a way.

My life was mainly my hobbies,

I had no friends.

I went to school like

everybody else, I got all A's.

I took a lot of amphetamines

cause my father was a doctor,

- so I've been taking.

- Amphetamine every day.

Since I was ten.

- But so was everyone else,

- (laughs)

My mother.

There was a bowl of Desoxyn

on the dining room table,

like people would have M&M's,

I don't know what Italians have,

but we had Desoxyn and Dexamine.

I always went against the grain,

whether it was because

I was a little faggot,

which everyone else knew but me,

- or whether it was because.

- I didn't like.

My parents' tastes in anything.

Oh, it's Daniel's Bar Mitzvah!

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