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Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood [Paperback]

Nina Antonia
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19 Oct 2000
Thirteen years after its initial publication, Johnny Thunder's authorized biography has been resurrected and revised. The cult bible of all things Thunders, it is the definitive portrait of the condemned man of rock 'n' roll, from the baptism of fire and tragedy that was the New York Dolls, through the junkie punk years of the Heartbreakers and beyond. It is an unflinching account of a unique guitarist whose drug problems often overshadowed his considerable style and talent, and whose influence on such bands as The Sex Pistols and Guns N' Roses is still resonant.

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  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Red Books; New Ed edition (19 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901447154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901447156
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A WELL RESEARCHED DOCUMENT OF THUNDERS' LIFE AND MUSIC" -- LW, MOJO DEC. 2001

ANTONIA IS A SYMPATHETIC AND SKILLED BIOGRAPHER AND IN COLD BLOOD IS A MUST-READ FOR ANY ROCK AND ROLL FAN. -- BOSTON'S WEEKLY DIG JAN. 2001

BOOK OF THE WEEK - 4 STARS
...EVERY SQUALID DETAIL IS HERE FOR YOUR VOYEURISTIC DELIGHT. -- MELODY MAKER, NOV 8 2000

THIS BOOK IS EASY TO ACCESS, YET HAS SUFFICIENT DEPTH AND AUTHORITY THAT ACTUALLY ADDS TO THE COLOUR OF THE NARRATIVE...AN ESSENTIAL PURCHASE. -- MALCOLM DOME, CLASSIC ROCK

THIS IS A BARGIN. READ IT AND WEEP. -- RAY ZELL, KERRANG! JAN 13 20001

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Thirteen years after its initial publication, Johnny Thunder's authorized biography has been resurrected and revised. The cult bible of all things Thunders, it is the definitive portrait of the condemned man of rock 'n' roll, from the baptism of fire and tragedy that was the New York Dolls, through the junkie punk years of the Heartbreakers and beyond. It is an unflinching account of a unique guitarist whose drug problems often overshadowed his considerable style and talent, and whose influence on such bands as The Sex Pistols and Guns N' Roses is still resonant.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nina Antonia Does Johnny Proud 1 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
While "In Cold Blood" is sometimes harrowing in its portrayal of Johnny Thunders' life and his decline from drug addiction--Antonia does a great job of presenting Johnny as a fully-fleshed human being who was a lot more than a showbiz dope addict. This book is an essential document for anyone who's a fan of Johnny's work and appreciates rock'n'roll as it used to be played before corporate greed all but crushed it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HE COULDVE BEEN A CONTENDER 24 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Nina Anotonia's book is an update of her 1987 book of the same title, except at the end of this the hero die's . Johnny Thunder's story is a sad tale of a man who knew rock n roll, he could be bit keith richard's ,elvis in 56, bob dylan and dion,but at the end of the day he was Johnny Thunder's a one off he himself launched a thousand wannabe's and lookalike's and nina antonia write,s a good account of him, she write's like a fan and a friend and let's other have their say no matter if it's positive to Johnny or negative. The only fault if it is a fault is that some information is a little thin in place's the Heartbreaker's in england in the late 70;s only come from their ex manager yet they played with the pistols and the clash ,and headline their own tour here. The new chapter's are the saddest as it show's Thunder's in decline big time the drug's are finally getting to much,and he is playing for loose change to get by. this book is a must for any one who has loved rock music for the last thirty year's because this man had played his part. Book's ,cd's and the new film about him are all your gonna be left with because as he once said 'You cant put your arm's around a memory'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. Heartbreaking Heartbreaker. 24 April 2009
Format:Paperback
The only book I have read where on completion I returned straight to page one and immediately re-read it from cover to cover.

Stunning. The Heartbreaker of heartbreakers. Nina Antonia said it all.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Writing that rocks! 2 April 2014
By SiCorbz
Format:Paperback
I saw Johnny Thunders play live (in London) many times – days I look back on fondly. Later, eager to know more about JT than ‘just’ the figure I’d seen up on stage, I turned to In Cold Blood, the official Thunders biography written by Nina Antonia – a book I’d like to highly recommend to you now. Nina Antonia can really write. This is not just a cut ‘n’ paste hagiography – like so many rock ‘n’ roll biogs. Nina was there and knew Johnny well. Her book tells the full unexpurgated story of the man behind the music – from little fatherless John Anthony Genzale dreaming of Little League fame in Little Italy to the great rock ‘n’ roll survivor, riddled with leukemia and with the clock finally on its last countdown still riffing as defiantly as ever on that trademark Les Paul Junior while continuing to kick against the vicissitudes of fate. Nina’s book deserves to be better known and I’d urge not only Thunders fans but also lovers of rock biographies to immerse themselves in this splendid work.
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