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Danny Goldberg

Danny Goldberg

Danny Goldberg began his career in 1969 as a music journalist having written for Rolling Stone, Circus, Crawdaddy, Record World, Billboard and The Village Voice. Later he wrote about culture for The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and Tikkun.

From 1974-1976 Danny was Vice-President of Led Zeppelin's Swan Song Records, and in the early nineteen eighties he co-owned Modern Records, which released Stevie Nicks' solo albums.

From 1983-1992, Danny was the founder and President of Gold Mountain Entertainment, a personal management firm whose clients included Nirvana, Hole, Sonic Youth, Bonnie Raitt, and The Allman Brothers.

Subsequently, Danny became Chairman and CEO of the Mercury Records Group, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records and President of Atlantic Records.

Danny formed the indie label Artemis Records in 1999, which and ran until 2005. Artemis releases included Warren Zevon's Grammy winning The Wind, Steve Earle’s Grammy winner The Revolution Starts Now, and the Baha Men’s Who Let The Dogs Out.

Danny formed Gold Village Entertainment, of which he is President, in July, 2006. The company manages the careers of The Cranberries, The Hives, Peaches, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, STARS, Dolores O’Riordan, Allison Moorer, Ben Lee, Old 97’s, David Broza, Rhett Miler, A Camp , The Bodeans, and Care Bears on Fire, and co-manages School of Seven Bells and Street Sweeper Social Club .

In 1980, Danny co-produced and co-directed the rock documentary feature, No Nukes, starring Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, and Jackson Browne. In 2004 he was the Executive Producer of the documentary about Steve Earle, Just An American Boy. He was the Executive Producer of the soundtrack from the TV series Miami Vice and was Music Supervisor on numerous feature films including Dirty Dancing.

Danny is author of the book Bumping Into Geniuses, (Gotham Books). He is also author of the 2004 book How The Left Lost Teen Spirit (Akashic) and he co-edited the 2002 anthology It’s A Free Country.

He is on the Board of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, the NYCLU, The Nation Institute and Americans for Peace Now. He is the Chair of the Board of the American Symphony Orchestra.

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Linda Ronstadt: Bitter End, New York NY

Live Review by Danny Goldberg, Billboard, 9 August 1969

Bitter End Entranced By Linda Ronstadt ...

Johnny Cash, Rev. James Cleveland, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Mahalia Jackson, The Oak Ridge Boys: 1969 — Gospel Makes Great Industry Strides

Report by Danny Goldberg, Billboard, 16 August 1969

GOSPEL MUSIC, songs with lyrics derived from the Old and New Testaments, a music with its roots in church choirs, is one of the oldest ...

Chicago, Tom Paxton, Elyse Weinberg: Tom Paxton, Chicago, Elyse Weinberg: Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Danny Goldberg, Billboard, 23 August 1969

A Double Triumph For Elyse Weinberg ...

Woodstock: Peace Mecca

Report by Danny Goldberg, Billboard, 30 August 1969

BETHEL, N.Y. – About 400,000 rock fans gave peace a chance Aug. 15-18, and it worked. For them and the overwhelmed residents of this Catskills ...

The Chambers Brothers, Albert King, Poco: Albert King, Poco, the Chambers Brothers: The Pavilion, Flushing Meadows, Queens NY

Live Review by Danny Goldberg, Billboard, 6 September 1969

King of the Blues Courts Fans ...

The Holy Modal Rounders, Van Morrison: Van Morrison, The Holy Modal Rounders: Cafe Au Go Go, New York NY

Live Review by Danny Goldberg, Billboard, 13 September 1969

NEW YORK — The Cafe Au Go Go, relatively idle in recent months, interrupted renovations with a splash of good music Aug. 29-31, displaying the ...

Ravi Shankar: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Danny Goldberg, Billboard, 20 September 1969

Shankar Honors Ghandi in a Memorable Performance ...

David Bromberg, Paul Geremia, Doc Watson: Doc Watson, Paul Geremia, David Bromberg: Gaslight Café, New York NY

Live Review by Danny Goldberg, Billboard, 27 September 1969

'Watsonia' Dazzles in 'Village' ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe And The Fish: Here We Are Again (Vanguard)

Review by Danny Goldberg, Fusion, 3 October 1969

COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH are certainly unique in American rock. By the time their first album came out they had really passed their peak ...

Fairport Convention: Fairport Convention (A&M SP 4199)

Review by Danny Goldberg, Fusion, 3 October 1969

THIS RECORD would be worth the price of purchase just for one cut: the group's rendition of an early Dylan song 'I'll Keep It With ...

Lee Michaels: Lee Michaels (A&M)

Review by Danny Goldberg, Fusion, 3 October 1969

IF YOU liked Al Kooper, you'll love Lee Michaels. I hate most of Kooper's stuff but Michaels is beginning to grow on me. ...

Tommy James & The Shondells: Cellophane Symphony (Roulette)

Review by Danny Goldberg, Fusion, 14 November 1969

WE ALL AGREE that Gary Puckett and The Union Cap is pretty awful and we all agree that The Rolling Stones are pretty good. Those ...

Johnny Cash Walks The Line...

Profile by Danny Goldberg, Circus, March 1970

JOHNNY CASH the Misfit: Drug induced and being busted for possession of benzedrine at the Mexican border happened long after he had made a name ...

Doug Kershaw: Crazy Cajun Fiddler

Profile and Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, April 1970

DOUG KERSHAW, before his current tour was primarily known as "the guy who was on the Johnny Cash Show the same night that Dylan was ...

The Youngbloods: Youngbloods Leave Live

Report and Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, June 1970

THE YOUNGBLOODS have split from RCA, leaving behind a live album, Ride the Wind, which fulfills their contractual obligations to RCA and have begun their ...

Van Morrison: Egotistical and Brilliant

Profile by Danny Goldberg, Circus, June 1970

VAN MORRISON has finally begun to get his due. Finally is a pretty strange word to use with someone who is not yet twenty-five, but ...

Grand Funk Railroad

Profile by Danny Goldberg, Circus, January 1971

ODDLY ENOUGH, the first question that come to mind writing about Grand Funk Railroad is, why don't people like them? This is followed quickly – ...

Lee Michaels Is Over The Barrel

Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, January 1971

IT WILL COME as no surprise to followers of Lee Michaels that his sound has changed again. On the heels of his most successful album, Barrel, the ...

Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane: Hot Tuna

Report and Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, April 1971

"THE JEFFERSON Airplane" Jerry Garcia has said, "are a bunch of crazy madmen. Together, they have their own unique chemistry which is like a very ...

Edgar Winter's White Trash: Edgar Winter's White Trash

Review by Danny Goldberg, Circus, May 1971

THIS IS MY pick for the greatest album of the year; it certainly is the most impressive surprise masterpiece to hit the rock scene in ...

Alice Cooper: Love Them To Death

Profile and Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, June 1971

"WE'RE MERELY the end-product of an affluent society," Alice Cooper is fond of saying. "We enjoy getting on stage and showing the public what their ...

Karen Dalton: In My Own Time (Just Sunshine/Paramount)

Review by Danny Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 22 July 1971

KAREN DALTON is a folk legend whose name is spoken with reverence on MacDougal St., in Woodstock, in Texas, or anyplace else where she has ...

Procol Harum: The Problematic Career of Procol Harum

Profile and Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, August 1971

'Most groups start at the bottom and work their way up,' says Keith Reid. 'But we started right in at the top.' ...

Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter: Eight People Go Crazy at Same Time: Edgar White's White Trash

Interview by Danny Goldberg, Creem, December 1971

EDGAR WINTER'S White Trash is probably the best evidence this side of Grand Funk that rock is not dead. An unbelievable bunch of Southerners who ...

Savoy Brown: Kim Simmonds Makes Savoy Brown A New Group

Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, April 1972

SAVOY BROWN is an oddity in the rock pantheon. Never really disappearing, yet never really together they can be compared most easily to John Mayall. ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, O'Jays: The O'Jays: Back Stabbers (Philadelphia International); Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes: I Miss You (Philadelphia International)

Review by Danny Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 26 October 1972

KENNETH GAMBLE and Leon Huff are the current grandmasters of R&B production, having delivered not only dozens of hit singles during the last several years ...

Billy Paul: 360 Degrees of Billy Paul (Philadelphia International KZ 31793)

Review by Danny Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 15 March 1973

'ME AND Mrs. Jones', one of the biggest singles of last year, a sophisticated nightclub adultery song, is featured on this album, which is yet ...

Led Zeppelin: Zeppelin Robbery

Memoir by Danny Goldberg, Rock Scene, August 1974


New Riders of the Purple Sage: "People Used To Think Of Us As A Toy Band"

Interview by Danny Goldberg, Hit Parader, September 1974

BUDDY CAGE, steel guitar player for the New Riders and Marmaduke the singer were having a disagreement. "Those are a pretty weird bunch of folks," ...

Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness' First Finale (Motown)

Review by Danny Goldberg, Hit Parader, January 1975

THERE IS more of the 'Sunshine Of My Life' ballad side of Stevie Wonder on this new LP than the rocking 'Living In The City'. ...

Led Zeppelin: Under The Hood – A Backstage Chronicle Of The Historic 1975 Tour

Report by Danny Goldberg, Circus, May 1975

THERE WAS an historic purple aura in the clouds that hung over the audience at Madison Square that evening in February. ...

Kiss and Tell

Memoir by Danny Goldberg, Circus, 13 October 1977

Behind the Make-Up With Their Former Press Agent ...

Steve Knopper: Appetite for Self-Destruction – The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

Book Review by Danny Goldberg, Truthdig, 26 June 2009

STEVE KNOPPER'S Appetite for Self-Destruction is an entertaining, well-written attempt to chronicle the economic decline of record companies, but his thesis echoes conventional wisdom that ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Growing Up With Gil Scott-Heron: In Loving Memory

Memoir by Danny Goldberg, AlterNet, 11 June 2011

GIL SCOTT-HERON'S death last week at the age of 62 stimulated a wave of appreciation from critics and the jazz and hip hop communities who ...

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