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New York Doll – The Movie

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This documentary released in 2005 is about Arthur “Killer” Kane, former bassist of the legendary New York Rock band The New York Dolls and his involvement in the New York Dolls reunion at the 2004 Morrissey curated Meltdown Festival.  After the Dolls broke up in the mid 70s (after releasing only 2 great records),  Arthur started a few different bands that didn’t really go anywhere and eventually his drinking had gone out of control and he sank into obscurity.  Fast forward almost 30 years we find Arthur living in LA and working at the local Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center Library having converted fully to the religion.  In 2004 Arthur’s dream came true when Morrissey put together a New York Dolls reunion.

The movie surprisingly give a pretty decent (although abridged) history of the New York Dolls besides giving you Arthur’s compelling story.   I had thought the film New York Dolls – All Dolled Up* was going to be a documentary on the band but was extremely disappointed as it is just 3 hours of rough live and interview footage filmed when the band was together.   The other film is interesting but far from a must see.

One of the best things about this film is that you get the interesting perspective of getting Arthur’s story not only from the subject but also from his friends and higher ups in the LDS church and his coworkers.   The film also includes interviews with the other living band members (David Johansen & Sylvain Sylvain), old friends from the scene (Photographer Bob Gruen, other proto-punk/punk musicians), and famous musicians (Chrissie Hynde and Bob Geldof).

Check out the trailer via youtube.

Other New York Dolls related films:

New York Dolls – All Dolled Up (2005) *note that this is not a documentary as I mention above

Morrissey Presents The Return of The New York Dolls – Live from Royal Albert Hall 2004 (2004)

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Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

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If you have any interest at all in American underground music this is a must read.  Being the book is taken from interviews with the actual people on the scene it is an extremely visceral and interesting read.  The coverage is chronological starting in the late sixties covering the Velvet Underground and the other bands that are considered to be Proto-Punk.  The main players in that scene included the Velvets, Iggy and The Stooges, The MC5 &  The New York Dolls.  The story continues covering the bands that originally became known as Punk in the mid 70s.  The tag line originally referred to the bands that made a name for themselves at the now famous NY club CBGBs.  Included are The Patti Smith Group, Ramones, The Dead Boys, & Television.  The book covers through the involvement of The Sex Pistols & Malcolm McClaren and the controversy that followed… plus interviews about what happened to some of the major players like Johnny Thunders and Dee Dee Ramone.  For me the book covered a time period in Rock N Roll that I had not previously explored and introduced to me some  great bands that I wouldn’t have delved into normally.  BTW:  the title of the book is something Richard Hell put on a T-shirt in the early days of Television. 

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Playlist: Proto-punk to Punk – 1965 through 1978 *REVISED*

Note:  The playlist was lost when I migrated my site…  No worries, it will be back soon.

Proto-punk to Punk – Chronologically from 1965 to 1978

1) “My Generation” by The Who (3:18)
2) “Cinderella” by The Sonics (2:49)
3) “Pushin’ Too Hard” by The Seeds (2:38)
4) “Doin’ All Right” by The Fugs (2:40)
5) “Shut Up” by The Monks (3:15)
6) “White Light/White Heat” by The Velvet Underground (2:47)
7) “Street Fighting Man” by The Rolling Stones (3:16)
8) “You Make Me Real” by The Doors (2:53)
9) “No Fun” by The Stooges (5:18)
10) “Teenage Lust” by The MC5 (2:36)
11) “Agitated” by The Electric Eels (2:10)
12) “Trash” by The New York Dolls (3:09)
13) “Teengenerate” by The Dictators (3:26)
14) “Ain’t It Fun” by Rocket From The Tombs (5:52)
15) “Astral Plane” by The Modern Lovers (3:00)
16) “53rd & 3rd” by The Ramones (2:20)
17) “See No Evil” by Television (3:53)
18) “Blank Generation” by Richard Hell & The Voidoids (2:45)
19) “Chinese Rocks” by Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers (2:54)
20) “Sonic Reducer” by The Dead Boys (3:08)
21) “Rock n Roll Nigger” by The Patti Smith Group (3:27)
22) “EMI” by The Sex Pistols (3:09)
23) “Born To Kill” by The Damned (2:40)
24) “White Riot” by The Clash (2:00)
25) “Into the Future…” by The Vibrators (2:21)
26) “Tell Us the Truth” by Sham 69 (2:09)
27) “Wasted Life” by Stiff Little Fingers (3:11)

This playlist was inspired by the book “Please Kill Me” by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain.  The book focuses more on the early outsider rock coming out of New York City, Cleveland, and Detroit/Ann Arbor which all culminated at CBGBs and other the other rock clubs of NYC. I have expanded on this including the very early garage rock and rock n roll that served as impetus for what we know now as the Punk explosion.  You will find some well known numbers from the big players as you really can’t get away from the likes of the Stones and Doors putting their imprint on the dark music to come.  You will also find some more obscure but just as vital pieces from Punks forefathers.  Towards the end of the mix you will find out what all the great music that came out in England as a result of what they were hearing in America and from the Sex Pistols.

*2-28-09:  I have updated it from its original version… added some overlooked gems and changed a few of the songs.

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