Saturday, December 3, 2016

Danny Says

The documentary Danny Says takes a look at the life and work of music manager Danny Fields who discovered signed, and managed a variety of noteworthy bands in the 60s, 70s, & 80s including Iggy and the Stooges, MC5, and the Ramones, and also worked with Jim Morrison, the Velvet Underground and the Modern Lovers.

Spending as much time discussing Danny's sex and drug use than the music, Brendan Toller's documentary includes several photographs and recordings Fields has kept over the years. It may not be the in-depth look at the music scene of that time period I expected, but it is an intriguing (if completely self-congratulatory) glance at one man's impact on the music scene. Presented entirely from Fields' point of view, some of his stories (such as how he hid Jim Morrison's keys) are more entertaining than others (such as him struggling to justify his role in the storm up after the Beatles "more popular than Jesus" remark"). Music fans and historians should get a kick out of it.

[Magnolia Home Entertainment, $26.98]

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