Danny Goldberg, subject and author of Bumping Into Geniuses, is a true wunderkind in every sense of the word. At 19, he took a clerical position at
Billboard magazine that in turn led him to an editorial spot at Record World. Within a couple of years, he was doing PR for Led Zeppelin
- all in his early 20s. He would go on to launch Stevie Nicks' solo career and manage Nirvana and Bonnie Raitt. There were chairman and CEO positions at Warner Bros. Records and Mercury Records, and eventually the running of his own management firm, Gold Village Entertainment. Here he oversaw the destinies of Steve Earle, The Hives, Tom Morello, and many others.
This autobiography is the story of those travels, told with all the whimsy and wit of a Jewish boy raised by liberal parents against the backdrop of the war in Vietnam and civil rights,
a dropout from the University of California at Berkeley ("A beautiful blond girl in a diaphanous white gown was handing out free samples of
'white lightning' LSD. I stopped attending classes almost immediately").
The Zeppelin stories are remarkable and all true - because Danny was there. In fact, this writer knew Goldberg (from a distance); I was part of the 1977 Zeppelin tour and had many encounters with the young and extraordinarily adept Mr. Goldberg.
This is a real insight into the inner rings of the music industry, told by someone who loves music as much as the people with whom he's working.