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New York Dolls

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Biography

Taking the garage blues and
androgynous sexuality of the Rolling Stones and perverting it with the
pulsating raw energy of Iggy and the Stooges and MC5, New York Dolls became the
prototype punk band. Full of cross-dressing flamboyance, outsider rebellion and
pulse-racing anarchic spirit, their place in rock'n'roll history is
well-established, despite only releasing two albums. Frontman David Johansen,
bassist Arthur Kane, guitarists Rick Rivets and Johnny Thunders, and drummer
Billy Murcia first started playing together in 1971, and they built a loyal following in their hometown, New
York City. In 1972 Syl Sylvain replaced Rivets and after Murica overdosed he
was replaced by Jerry Nolan. That line-up recorded their self-titled 1973 debut
LP which featured such underground anthems as “Personality Crisis”.  It failed to catch on with the public at large,
and neither did 1974’s Too Much Too Soon, losing them their record
contract. They were managed briefly at that point by a pre-Sex Pistols Malcolm
McLaren, but by 1977 the band split. Guitarist Johnny Thunders went on to
become a punk icon with his band The Heartbreakers, while front man David
Johansen pursued a solo career. Johnny Thunders died in 1991. The band reunited
in 2004 when Morrissey (formerly head of the band's UK fan club) asked them to
play at the Meltdown Festival. Kane passed away a few weeks later, but the
group went on to release the albums One Day It Will Please Us To Remember
Even This
(2006) and Cause I Sez So (2009). Johansen and Sylvain
officially announced the end of the group after Dancing Backwards In High
Heels
(2011). Sylvain passed away on January 13, 2021.