About the Author

Ironically, Daniel Marmignon-Delmas was born the year the music died, 1959, in Bayonne, France.

He spent half of his life in France, hopping from Paris to his native Basque Country where his heart has always been.

Growing up in a turbulent environment, Daniel took refuge in music at a very young age.

Listening to Edith Piaf – his mother’s favorite singer – was comforting. Later, watching The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” live broadcast on his grandmother’s black and white TV was mind-opening.

In 1975, Daniel enters the art school Estienne in Paris where he reached the perfect age to fully witness the births of punk rock and new wave. He graduated in 1979.

Early ’80s, a freelance graphic designer by day, he immersed himself in the fantastic Paris nightlife. Those were probably the best years of his life.

In January 1994, Daniel moved to the United States, to Portland, Oregon. There, he discovered a vibrant and exciting music scene, documenting the shows he attended by mailing letters to the French monthly Rock&Folk, the world’s oldest rock magazine. In January 2000, after several of his letters got published, Philippe Manoeuvre – the most renowned French rock journalist and head of Rock&Folk – hired him as the magazine’s US correspondent. For the next 20 years, Daniel published countless interviews and features (under the pen name Danny Boy): The Dandy Warhols, Air, the New York Dolls, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleater-Kinney, Phoenix, Green Day, Jesse Malin, The White Stripes, Adam Green, Albert Hammond Jr, Nick Valensi, Julian Casablancas, Dum Dum Girls, The Mooney Suzuki, D Generation, Placebo, members of Blondie and Sex Pistols, etc. Meeting The Strokes at a very early stage of their career and witnessing their meteoric rise to fame was nothing short of life changing. This led to Daniel’s unconditional love of New York City and its music scene.

In 2021, Daniel moved back to France and lives now in his hometown, in the Basque Country, right by the Spanish border.