Danny Fields
Excerpt from the Lower East Side Biography Project

Steve Zehentner: Producer, Director of Photography

The Lower East Side Biology Project celebrates iconoclasm and no one represents individuality like culture maker DANNY FIELDS. Forever the coolest guy in the room, the marvelous raconteur Danny Fields has done more to shape the popular music landscape in America and the world than almost anyone. Rock journalist, original company freak to the 1960's music business, Danny Fields was one of the very first out Gay men in the music business at a time when most were closeted. Danny's insight, vision and love of music helped form the bedrock of contemporary music. From his early journalism in Fan Magazines to his work as a rock publicist, band manager and author, everyone has always wanted to know Danny's opinion. Danny was one of the most influential figures in the formation of the Punk Music movement. He managed the Ramones and The Stooges with Iggy Pop, as well he worked in various capacities with The Doors, the MC5, the Velvet Underground and the Modern Lovers.

Danny has left his indelible mark on everything he has touched including LES Bio Project Founder Penny Arcade, who credits Danny as a foundational influence on her thinking and point of view. Danny Fields has always embodied and exuded personal authenticity and integrity, served always with his famous sense of humor and wit.

The Danny Fields Biography is a part of The Lower East Side Biography Project and was directed and edited by Brendan Toller in collaboration with Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner. Producer, Interviewer: Penny Arcade. 
Producer, Director of Photography: Steve Zehentner
. Second Camera: Dean Lance Brendan Toller created a documentary on Danny Fields, Danny Says.

The Lower East Side Biography Project was created in 1999 by performance artist Penny Arcade and video producer Steve Zehentner as an ongoing biography series and oral history archive. The LES Bio Project’s biographies and archive work to ensure that future generations have access to the mad souls of invention and rebellion that built the Lower East Side’s international reputation as an incubator for authenticity and iconoclasm in art, culture and politics.

The project seeks to stem the tide of cultural amnesia by bridging the cultural gap between long time residents and newcomers to the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of New York’s Lower East Side. To this end, the LES Bio Project has a community-media training component where young filmmakers are trained in production and post-production technologies and then become shepherds of an individual oral history that they edit into a 28-minute biography. Since its inception, the LES Bio Project has trained over forty individuals, completed over sixty 28-minute programs, and videotaped dozens more interviews and live events.

The completed biographies cablecast and stream live every Monday at 11 p.m EST, in Manhattan on Time Warner 34, RCN 82, FIOS 33, and live stream on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Community Channel One.

View the current cablecast and livestream schedule on the project's Facebook page.