Danny Goldberg has worked in the music business as a personal manager, record company president, public relations man and journalist since the late 1960s. He is currently President of Gold Village Entertainment, a personal management firm whose clients include Steve Earle, The Waterboys, Martha Wainwright and Ben Lee among others.
Goldberg begin his career as a music journalist for Billboard and Rolling Stone and is the author of five books Bloody Crossroads 2020: Art, Entertainment and Resistance to Trump (Akashic, 2021). Goldberg’s previous books include Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain, (ECCO,2019) and In Search of The Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea. (Akashic 2017) Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside The Rock and Roll Business (Gotham,2008) and How The Left Lost Teen Spirit, (Akashic 2005).
From 1983-1992, Goldberg was the founder and President of Gold Mountain Entertainment, an artist management firm whose clients included Nirvana, Hole, Sonic Youth, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Rickie Lee Jones and more.
In 1993-94, he was President of Atlantic Records, and in 1995 became Chairman of Warner Bros Records.
From 1996-1999 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 from virtually all major genres; pop, R&B, hip-hop, country, jazz and rock and roll via its labels Def Jam, Mercury, Mercury Nashville, Motown, Verve, and Deutsche Gramophone.
Goldberg formed the independent label Artemis Records in 1999 and ran the company until January of 2005.
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 and worked with the band from 1973 through 1975. In 1980, Goldberg co-produced and co-directed the rock documentary feature, “No Nukes,” starring Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, and Jackson Browne, among others. In 2004 he was the Executive Producer of the documentary about Steve Earle, “Just An American Boy.” He was Executive Producer of the multi-platinum soundtrack of music from the television series “Miami Vice” and was Music Supervisor on numerous feature films including “Dirty Dancing.”
Goldberg is Chair Emeritus of the Board of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, was the Chairman of the Board of the American Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2013 and currently serves on the Boards of Public Citizen, Americans For Peace Now, Brave New Films and Stamp Stampede.