New York Doll

New York Doll

Arthur Kane
Director: Greg Whiteley Cast: Arthur Kane
Arthur Kane
, Morrissey
, David Johansen
David Johansen
Greg Whiteley


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The New York Dolls were a rock band who titled their second studio album Too Much Too Soon, and it summed up the band's career all too well. Playing hard, swaggering rock & roll that anticipated the aural chaos of punk five years before the Sex Pistols became a cause célèbre, and boasting an androgynous fashion statement that made David Bowie look timid, the Dolls made headlines and earned a loyal cult following between 1971 and 1976, but their look and sound were too extreme for the mass audience at the time, and the fact that several members of the band had serious drug and alcohol problems hardly helped matters. After the New York Dolls finally fell apart in 1977, singer David Johansen went on to a successful solo career (scoring hit records under the alter ego Buster Poindexter), lead guitarist Johnny Thunders and drummer Jerry Nolan kept the band's sound alive in the Heartbreakers, and guitarist Syl Sylvain cut a few solo albums and occasionally worked with Johansen. But bassist Arthur Kane struggled for years to get his musical career back on track while battling alcoholism, with little success on either front. In 1989, after a stay in the hospital, a clean and sober Kane embraced the Mormon faith, and through his contacts in the church he got a job working in a Mormon genealogy library in Los Angeles. Despite his quiet new life, Kane's greatest dream was to someday play a reunion show with the New York Dolls, and in 2004 his wish unexpectedly became a reality when British pop icon Morrissey invited the surviving members of the band to appear at a prestigious music festival he was curating. Filmmaker Greg Whiteley knew Kane as a fellow Mormon, and New York Doll is a documentary about the ups and downs of Kane's life in music, how his faith came into his life, and his unexpected return to the rock & roll stage at the age of 55.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
UPC: 0855280001458
Original Release: 2005
Source: Deseret Books

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arthur Kane Participant
Morrissey Participant
David Johansen Participant
Sylvain Sylvain Participant
Barbara Kane Participant
Iggy Pop Participant
Mick Jones Participant
Bob Geldof Participant
Chrissie Hynde Participant
Don Letts Participant
Steve Conte Participant
Brian Koonin Participant
Lee Childress Participant
Frank Infante Participant
Sirius Trixon Participant
Bishop Bragg Participant
Bishop MacGregor Participant
Nina Antonia Participant
Clem Burke Participant
Sammy Yaffa Participant

Technical Credits
Greg Whiteley Director,Editor
Jason Altshuler Sound/Sound Designer
Ed Cunningham Producer
Seth Lewis Gordon Editor,Producer
Roderick Santiano Cinematographer
Erin Whiteley Associate Producer

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