New York rock music publicist Danny Fields has been called “one of the godfathers of punk,” and he’s the subject of a new documentary called Danny Says, which director Brendan Toller hopes to screen at SXSW next year. As a recent New York Times piece puts it, he was he was “the man who introduced Jim Morrison to Nico, Iggy Pop to the world, and cocaine to Iggy Pop.” He was also the man who introduced Lou Reed to the Ramones, as evidenced by a recording that appears in the documentary. Fields played the Velvet Underground frontman a tape of the band on November 7, 1975, and Reed was ecstatic: “Without a doubt the most fantastic thing you’ve ever played me bar none. I mean, it makes everybody look so —- and wimpy, Patti Smith and me included,” he said. “Everybody else looks like they’re really old-fashioned. That’s rock ‘n’ roll. They really hit where it hurts. They are everything everybody worried about — every parent would freeze in their tracks if they heard this stuff.” You can listen to the full audio (and read the article itself, which is great) over at The New York Times.
[Photo from the Danny Fields archives, via The New York Times.]