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Danny Goldberg is the President of Gold Village Entertainment (GVE). He has worked in the music business as a talent manager, record company president, public relations man and journalist since the late 1960s.

He has also returned to talent management, and Gold Village Entertainment’s client roster includes The Hives, Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Tom Morello, The Old 97s, Ben Lee, Rhett Miller, and Care Bears on Fire. GVE also manages Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople in partnership with Jack Leitenberg and Joseph Arthur in partnership with Peter Wark. Danny Goldberg is also the author of Bumping Into Geniuses : My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business, published by Gotham Books (a division of Penguin US) in September 2008.

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

Directly prior to the creation of Gold Village, Goldberg had been CEO of Air America Radio from 2005 until mid 2006 overseeing the seven-day-a-week, 24 hour a day network whose programs were broadband on over 80 radio stations including more than 30 owned by Clear Channel.

Goldberg formed the independent label Artemis Records in 1999 and ran until January 2004. Daniel Glass joined Goldberg at Artemis as Executive Vice President, and after a few months he was named President. Artemis was the # 1 U.S. independent label in terms of market share from 2001-03. It released the last three albums of Warren Zevon's career including the Grammy winning The Wind, five albums by Steve Earle including his Grammy winner The Revolution Starts Now, as well as gold albums by Kittie, Kurupt and Khia. Artemis also released the triple-platinum album Who Let the Dogs Out by the Baha Men, as well as albums by The Pretenders, Rickie Lee Jones and Jimmie Vaughan.

From 1994-98, Goldberg was Chairman and CEO of the Mercury Records Group, which was the number one U.S. label group in terms of market share in 1998. The Mercury Records Group included music form virtually all major genres; pop, R&B, hip-hop, country, jazz and rock and roll via its labels Motown, Def Jam, Deutsche Grammophon, Verve, Mercury Records and Mercury Nashville, all of which reported to and were supervised by Goldberg.

Prior to moving to Mercury, Goldberg was Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records in 1995, during which time Warner Bros. was the number one U.S. record label. In 1993-94, he was President of Atlantic Records, also a division of the Warner Music Group, which likewise attained the number one ranking among U.S. companies during Goldberg’s tenure.

Earlier in his career, Goldberg formed and co-owned Modern Records, which released Stevie Nicks' solo albums including her number one album Bella Donna. Prior to that Goldberg was Vice-President of Led Zeppelin's Swan Song Records.

In 1980, Goldberg co-produced and co-directed the rock documentary feature, No Nukes, starring Bruce Springsteen, Gil Scott Heron, 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 multi-platinum soundtrack of music from the TV series Miami Vice and was the Music Supervisor on numerous feature films including Dirty Dancing. He also produced voter registration and anti-drug TV spots for MTV.

Goldberg began his career as a music journalist having written for, among others, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and Billboard. He is also the author of the book How The Left Lost Teen Spirit. He has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The American Prospect, among others.

In an account related to The New York Times in 2004, Goldberg recounted how one of his biggest career influences was press agent Lee Solters, who hired Goldberg in 1973 and gave him jazz saxophonist Stan Getz as a client. Goldberg struggled with his promotion efforts, as Getz didn't have a new album out and he couldn't get music writers to cover him. At the suggestion of Solters, Goldberg staged a birthday party for Getz and other musicians, an event that was covered by three television networks. Later, as the only person on the company who had ever listened to the group, Solters assigned Goldberg to represent Led Zeppelin, which gave him the contacts and persona he needed to succeed in the rock business.[1]

Goldberg was Chair of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California from 1987-94 and its President from 1995-2005. He continues to serve on its Board and is also on the Board of the NYCLU, The Nation Institute, The American Prospect and Americans for Peace Now. He is a past Executive Vice-President of the American Jewish Congress.

With Robert Greenwald he created RDV Books which published half a dozen progressive civil liberties books including It’s a Free Country, an anthology about civil liberties post-9/11 which included pieces by Cornel West, Michael Moore, Congressman Jerrold Nadler and artwork by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

Goldberg is married to attorney Rosemary Carroll, with whom he has a daughter, Katie, and son, Max.

References

  1. ^ Goldberg, Danny, as told to Tahmincioglu, Eve. "OFFICE SPACE: THE BOSS; Simple Twist of Fate", The New York Times, December 12, 2004. Accessed May 22, 2009.
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