Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New York Doll

New York Doll is a documentary about Arthur "Killer" Kane, the bass player for the New York Dolls.

It focuses on him now. Or rather, in 2004, when it was made. He has a quiet, slightly whiny, slightly weird guy. One with a bit of a chip on his shoulder about how far he has fallen from his former glory.

After the New York Dolls broke up, his life went into decline. He couldn't get a band together and became an intense alcoholic. When he hit rock bottom, he discovered the Mormon church and became a convert. At the time of the documentary he was working in a Mormon library and living off disability. Much of the film details him preparing for a comeback concert in England, and thankfully this goes well (although David Johansen seemed like an asshole to him).

I remember being fascinated by what the New York Dolls looked like, but never got into their albums. The music in the documentary sounded good, and now I kind of want to check them out.

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