Danny Sugerman

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Danny Sugerman
Birth name Daniel Stephen Sugerman
Born (1954-10-11)October 11, 1954
Origin Los Angeles, United States
Died January 5, 2005(2005-01-05) (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation(s) Music manager
Years active 1967–2005
Associated acts The Doors, Iggy Pop

Daniel Stephen "Danny" Sugerman (October 11, 1954 – January 5, 2005) was the second manager of the Los Angeles-based rock band The Doors, and wrote several books about Jim Morrison and The Doors, including No One Here Gets Out Alive (co-authored with Jerry Hopkins), and the autobiography Wonderland Avenue.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jewish-American Sugerman lived in Beverly Hills with a house that featured a huge backyard, four-car garage, and Olympic-sized pool. His neighbors were Fred Astaire, Steve McQueen and Raquel Welch. At eleven, his parent's divorced and his mother Harriet moved Danny and his siblings to Westchester, Los Angeles where she lived with a prosecuting attorney that was a harsh disciplinarian. Danny had the distinction of the first pre-schooler barred from entering Gelsons' grocery store after using the vegetable sprayer hose to spray customers including the manager. He attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles, where he regularly authored articles about The Doors in the student newspaper. He attended summer camp near Lakeshore City, California with Todd Fisher, Steven Crane Jr. and one of Ken Venturi and Don Knotts' sons. He graduated in 1972.

Career[edit]

He began working with The Doors when he was 12 years old, starting out answering their fan mail. By the age of 17, Sugerman replaced the original Doors manager, Bill Siddons, shortly after Morrison's death in 1971.

He later went on to manage Ray Manzarek's solo-career and first album. He was also Iggy Pop's manager for a period, and produced his song "Repo Man", before they both ended up in mental hospitals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.[2] He also wrote Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns N' Roses in 1991.

Personal life[edit]

Sugerman married Fawn Hall of the Iran–Contra affair fame in 1991 and they remained married until his death.[3][4] They briefly met MP3.com co-founder Rod Underhill while Hall was employed there. Underhill later stated that "Sugerman was very interesting. He had appeared to go out of his way to appear visually like Jim Morrison. Same type of haircut, similar clothing. The similarity was uncanny."[citation needed] Sugerman discussed his idolization of Morrison in detail, in part of his book Wonderland Avenue.

Sugerman was a recovering heroin addict who found solace in Buddhism.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

He died on January 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, after a prolonged struggle with lung cancer,[5] and is buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

Books[edit]

  • No One Here Gets Out Alive (1980, with Jerry Hopkins)
  • The Doors, the Illustrated History (1983)
  • Wonderland Avenue: Tales of Glamour and Excess (1989)
  • Appetite For Destruction: The Days Of Guns N' Roses (1991)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jan/07/local/me-sugerman7
  2. ^ Sugerman, D. (1995). Wonderland Avenue: Tales of Glamour Excess. NY: Brown and Company
  3. ^ Al Kamen (April 18, 2012). "Catching up with Fawn Hall". Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Daily News - Google News Archive Search". April 12, 1993. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ Doors Manager Danny Sugerman Dies at 50: Doors manager, writer succumbs to cancer By Steve Baltin, January 6, 2005 12:00 AM ET. Accessed via the internet June 26, 3013

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