Any of you guys old school rock fans, or know who the New York Dolls were and are? A new film opening in wide release on the 11th had a sneak preview last night here locally. Its a documentary about the base player for the 70’s glam rock band, The New York Dolls, Arthur Kane.
The Dolls’ outrageous antics belied a ferocious sound that presaged punk and influenced a generation of musicians. Establishing the raucous-rocker template, the Dolls’ crashed and burned amidst a flurry of drug and alcohol abuse after their aptly titled second LP, Too Much Too Soon. The band broke up in 1975.
That is just a taste of what is to come, as we get to see Arthur Kane today, in his tiny apartment in LA, trying to make sense of the last 30 years.
The film is simply brilliant! We had a chance to do a Q and A with the director after the showing and everyone there was blown away by the story this film tells. Funny and heart breaking…and everything in between.
If you want to hear the likes of Iggy Pop, Morrissey, Bob Geldoff, Crissy Hind, David Johansen, and many others, this is the place for you to be. A rock and roll historians dream, but its so much more than that. You can see the film’s website here, and look for showings coming to you. This not one to be missed, and is easily one of my favorite films in quite some time. You can see what critics are saying here as well. I will be completely pissed if this thing does not get an academy award nomination this year for best documentary.