Directed by Brendan Toller
Danny Says is a documentary unveiling the amazing journey of Danny Fields. Fields has played a pivotal role in music and culture with seminal acts including: the Doors, the Velvet Underground, the Stooges, MC5, Nico, the Ramones and beyond.
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★★★½ review by George Hanna-Wilson on Letterboxd
Danny Fields is the man who basically discovered all the most edgy and influential artists from the mid 60's through the 70's. He managed the Velvet Underground, the Stooges, the MC5, Patty Smith, the Modern Lovers, and (my favorite band) the Ramones. We get cool stories about each of those bands and more, all recreated with neat little animated sequences. Of coarse we also get the story of Danny himself, a man that definitely deserves some notoriety for the incredible influence he's had on the history of rock n' roll.
★★★½ review by Mazoyk on Letterboxd
¡Qué vida la de Danny Fields! Fichó para las discográficas a algunas de las bandas más relevantes de los 60 y 70: The Doors, The Stooges, MC5, Ramones... Y qué triste puede ser el ocaso vital y profesional: a pesar de semejante curriculum, Danny se muestra amargado y frustrado, con la sensación de no haber logrado lo que se proponía. Una melancolía que acaba inundando un documental que en su premisa partía de una celebración de la música más libre y excitante.
★★★½ review by Jason Alley on Letterboxd
The Ramones have been my favorite band for many, many years, and they were the gateway for me to fall in love with punk rock, so I've always had kind of a vague idea who Danny Fields is. (He helped discover them, get them signed to a record label, was their manager for a short time, and their great song "Danny Says" is about him).
DANNY SAYS is yet another one of those entertaining documentaries that do a great job passing 90-100 minutes. Briskly edited, full of great music and engaging/funny interview snippets. Doesn't make you think too hard about anything, but if all you want is some good stories, rare photos, and loads of music by the Ramones, the Doors, the Stooges, Alice Cooper, the Velvet Underground and many many more (all of whom Danny worked with or at least hobnobbed with), it's a perfectly good way to spend some time.
★★★½ review by Ken Coffelt on Letterboxd
Of the many music documentaries of late, I enjoyed Danny Says the most. Production-wise, it’s not dissimilar to Gimme Danger (2016), using interviews, old photos, old video, and even animation, but something about it, and maybe it’s Danny Fields himself (who does appear in the Stooges documentary, as Iggy Pop appears here). The stories are almost entirely Danny’s, coming from his own recollections, of one of the most incredible life/career in late 20th century music.
To tell his story would sound like braggadocio if it weren’t all true. Starting out by publishing the interview that started the end for the Beatles to signing the Doors, the Stooges, the MC5, and the Ramones, and so so so so SO much more.
The rebellious nature of gay culture absolutely gave a place for punk to arise and thrive. It can’t be better stated than by John Cameron Mitchell, who says that Danny Fields was “Handmaiden to the gods, midwife to some of the most important people in music.” Fields’s taste in music wound up redefining music, without playing a note himself.
★★★★ review by Mitch Lovell on Letterboxd
He might not be a household name, but Danny Fields pretty much shaped rock n’ roll music in the latter half of the 20th century. He championed everyone from The Doors to The Velvet Underground to The Stooges to record companies. They might not have always saw eye to eye with Fields, but they trusted his judgment when it came to innovative bands. Eventually, he wound up managing The Ramones, who immortalized him in the song, Danny Says.
This documentary features a lot of interviews with Fields, who is a wickedly sharp and funny guy. He doesn’t hesitate to tell you about the artists he doesn’t like (The Beatles, Edgar Winter, etc.), but even then, his passion for music is infectious. Guys like Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer, and Alice Cooper are interviewed, and all of them tell great stories about Danny.
If you’re a fan of rock, you really owe it to yourself to check Danny Says out. The audio tape where Lou Reed hears The Ramones for the first time is worth the price of admission. The enthusiastic way he geeks out over them is enough to warm any jaded punk rocker’s heart.
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