Danny Says

 (63)6.71 h 43 min201618+
Danny Says follows Danny Fields from Harvard Law dropout, to Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to “punk pioneer.” Danny’s taste and opinion, once deemed defiant, has turned out to have been prescient.
Brendan Toller
Danny FieldsRamones
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agnosticReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2017
4.0 out of 5 starsFabulous documentary
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Very good rock/punk documentary. Fields is clearly a brilliant, highly influential impresario. You can't help by like and respect him after watching this. The only flaw in the documentary is that it was a little bit slow going in the beginning, focusing on some business details that are of no historical interest or entertainment value, but I am quibbling. I would give this 4 stars if Amazon let me. Just not worthy of a perfect 5 stars. If you like punk or really just rock, you will very much enjoy this.
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Lysbeth GuillornReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsThe tastemaker of punk's golden age
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"Danny Says" is a thoroughly enjoyable film for the "Please Kill Me" set. It is less a straight up biographical doc than a map of the vast influence Danny Fields had on some of the edgiest music and culture in the rock and punk eras. It's rich with archival photographs, footage, and of course music--The Ramones, Stooges, The Velvet Underground. Fields is a natural raconteur, and his stories are literally fantastic. I found myself in awe of the way his life and career influenced so much of the kind of freak culture that matters to me. Line-drawing animations charmingly illustrate some of the stories (my fave involves Nico...).
15 people found this helpful
Mr. MarkReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the unheralded kings of the NYC punk scene
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Great docu about a guy who doesn't get enough recognition for his key roll in the NYC music scene. "You could make a convincing case that without Danny Fields, punk rock would not have happened." - The New York Times
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Darwin Lee HillReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsDanny zzzzzzzzzz....
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Great footage of the people Danny was involved with. Lots of nice little touches (the Lou Reed phone call)......
The problem is with Danny himself. What a pompous, self-centered bore. There's a great story here, but you'd hardly know it from Danny's blase attitude. Watch it for the vintage footage.
Kinah PerezReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsWe can't go surfing' cuz it's 20 below
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If you aren't familiar with the underbelly of NYC's art scene or the fabulous musical genius Danny managed then you probably won't like this movie. If you are like me, the punk and pre-punk generation, then this movie will fascinate you. Undeniably, this is a piece of Rock n' Roll history that needs to be heard. Danny Fields is the embodiment and personification of the weird, swirling, chaotic eruptions of the late 60s to the Bowery punk scene that influenced me as a teen, in my years in miscreant formation. From the Lizard King, Iggy and the Stooges, to Patti Smith and to the Ramones...Danny had a hand in it. Honestly, I couldn't help but chuckle at his assessment of the Winter brothers...god knows I had almost exactly the same thoughts. Thank god for Danny's queerness too! I really think it gave him an eye for the art of the poetically irreverant.
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PublanskiReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsAn documentary about an interesting catalyst who was involved with some greated bands ever
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This was a very entertaining documentary of a very interesting person. The vintage film footage is amazing and informative. Things like the audio tape recording of Lou Reed's reaction upon first listening to the Ramones are priceless. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the "alternative" rock of the 60s and 70s. Great background on the Doors, the Velvet Underground, the Stooges, the MC5, the Modern Lovers, and the Ramones. I plan on purchasing the DVD if and when it becomes available.
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Ellen DunsmoreReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the best all-around documentaries I have ever seen
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One of the best all-around documentaries I have ever seen, and a must-watch if you're a punk musician or fan. Danny's life is absolutely astonishing, and I was very surprised to discover how much influence he had to punk and rock music in-general.
Raz BReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsPublicist or Puppet Master
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What a wonderful trip back through time, behind the scenes watching the magic at work. What a life! What a trip to learn why some of our favorite rock legends went through some of the things they went through and how powerful publicists can be. Hilarious and Fun. The best was saved for last, The Ramones! I wanna be like Danny when I grow up ;)
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