Danny Fields (b. Daniel Feinberg, 1939) was one of the most influential figures in the history of punk. He signed and managed Iggy and the Stooges and the MC5, managed the Ramones, and worked with Jim Morrison, the Velvet Underground & the Modern Lovers. In 2014 the NY Times said, "You could make a convincing case that without Danny Fields, punk rock would not have happened."
In 1966, as Managing Editor of Datebook Magazine, Danny shined a spotlight on John Lennon's more popular than Jesus? quote, sending shock-waves through the Bible Belt, where bonfires & death threats contributed to the Beatles decision to stop performing live.
It was at Max's Kansas City that Fields developed connections to Andy Warhol's Factory. Fields occasionally shared his loft with Edie Sedgwick, and wrote an account of the Warhol-sponsored Velvet Underground during their early years. Fields was one of the first people in the music business to be openly gay, at a time when most were closeted.
Fields hosted a radio show on WFMU during its groundbreaking 1968 & 1969 period, and he was hired by Elektra Records as a publicist. In September 1968, Fields visited Detroit & Ann Arbor on the recommendation of two fellow DJs at WFMU (Bob Rudnick & Dennis Frawley). He signed the MC5 and The Stooges to Elektra and both bands served as major inspirations for the US and UK punk music movements.
In 1975, Fields discovered the Ramones at CBGB, and helped get them signed to Sire Records. As the band's co-manager, with Linda Stein, Fields brought the band to England, where they had an enormous impact, inspiring the nascent UK punk movement, including such bands as the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. Under Fields' management the Ramones recorded Ramones, Leave Home, and Rocket to Russia. The 1980 Ramones song "Danny Says", is considered among the best of all the Ramones songs, and has been repeatedly covered.
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