Punk rock midwife Danny Fields tells Page Six that he now spends much of his time trying to straighten out Iggy Pop about what happened in his own life.
Fields was at the center of the burgeoning punk rock scene, drawing, managing, or variously acting as a publicist for major acts, including Iggy and the Stooges, the MC5, the Ramones, and others.
Fields appeared at the Chelsea Hotel at an exhibition of his late friend Edie Sedgwick’s artwork, and when asked what he’s up to these days, he told us he often “sets the record straight”.
“It’s like, ‘Iggy, come here, I need to talk to you. That story you tell when people ask you how you met David Bowie — Iggy, that’s not what happened,” Fields said. He added, “Listen, what happened was you stayed at my house. You’re telling it wrong.” [He’ll say], ‘Okay, so what happened? Do you know why I tell? I can’t remember anything.’
Fields said Pop usually agrees to accept his version of events. He launched the punk legend’s career in 1968 when he convinced Elektra to sign his Michigan-based act.
Fields says he tends to listen to the Grateful Dead these days, calling their unique jam concerts “one of the greatest treasures of our lives.” He also says he plays Bach, Beethoven and Mozart records. So no punk?
“I never listened to punk! Unless it was [British acts] the [Sex] Pistols or the Clash or the Buzzcocks. What do you look at when you listen to something? You want to be there. That was the whole thing. There are. The audience was just as much a part of the experience as what’s on stage. It was symbiotic.”
Also at the hotel bash were Sedgwick’s widower Michael Post and brother John Sedgwick, plus Spyros Niarchos, Janna Bullock, Michele Gerber Klein, Vincent Fremont, producer Jane Rosenthal, director Darren Aronofsky and designer Zac Posen.
Other guests spotted included Sophie, Taylor and Lizzy Plimpton, Tali Lennox, Laura Eastwood, Carolina Hoffman, Maia Twombly, Jay McInerney, Michael Henry Adams, David Margolick, Morgan Entrekin and Anne Margaret Daniel of the New School.
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