I Wanna Be Curated

From Danny Fields’s photography collection, Jim Morrison of the Doors and Gloria Stavers, editor of 16 magazine. Images: Leigh Golden/Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
From Danny Fields’s photography collection, Jim Morrison of the Doors and Gloria Stavers, editor of 16 magazine. Images: Leigh Golden/Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY CAROLE BASS ’83, ’97MSL AND PUBLISHED BY YALE ALUMNI MAGAZINE ON AUGUST 6, 2018.

The Ramones are coming to Yale. So are the Doors, Iggy Pop, the Beatles, and uncounted (or at least, as-yet uncatalogued) more rock and pop culture stars of the 1960s and ’70s.

They’re coming in boxes, on paper and film and cassette tape, as part of the archives of punk rock pioneer Danny Fields, acquired by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

A photographer, writer, publicist, and businessman, Fields discovered the Ramones, according to Wikipedia, and later managed the band. He also managed Iggy and the Stooges, whose signing he recommended to the Elektra label. Publicist for The Doors, friend of Andy Warhol and Linda McCartney, Fields was “handmaiden to the gods,” John Cameron Mitchell says in a trailer for Danny Says, a documentary-in-the-making.

Okay, cool. But the Beinecke? Repository of the papers of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and James Baldwin, not to mention a Gutenberg Bible?

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