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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810972719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810972711
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 1.9 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A glorious portrayal. -- Mojo, October 2008

A plush pink photo book...vivid shots are backed up by plenty of telling quotes [and] a penetrative interview by Lenny Kaye with Johansen. -- Uncut, October 2008

Amazing...the spandex pink cover alone is a good enough reason to buy it. -- Nude, Winter 2008

The band are captured here in all their skinny-jeaned, big-haired, cross-dressing glory - inspiration for any aspiring hellraiser.
-- In Style, October 2008

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A glorious portrayal.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stefano G. on 19 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
To paraphrase the title of the second album by the NYD this book seems a case of enough too late. You have all the relevant Bob Gruen photos (some bring you back to the DVD video he released some years ago (another fundamental)).

The photos are splendid, even the cover artwork is great, but this same book published some 20 years ago would have had a happier flavour.

Essential for any serious fan of the NYD.
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The New York Dolls importance as the missing link between glam and punk rock and their lasting influence on subsequent bands cannot be overstated, so it is good news that Bob Gruen has gathered together his very best photos of them, for this excellent book, that captures their in-yer-face streetwise attitude and the charm of their shambolic, but utterly compelling live performances so perfectly.

This is a handsome production, that is appropriately bound in shocking pink satin-effect cloth, with their famous lipstick logo stamped in gold to the front, with the rear cover blurb attached in the form of stickers.

There is no biographical detail to speak of (Nina Antonia and Kris Needs cover that in their respective books on the Dolls), but the photos are accompanied by extended and informative captions throughout.

Mark my words, this is set to be a collectors piece (I bought my copy, new, for less than £10 including postage, which was a steal), so get this before it goes out of print.

Highly recommended (as is Bob's similarly wonderful book on The Clash).
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I know of Bob Gruen's work so this will make a great birthday present when comes in late August this year.
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Finally! A photographic archive of the legendary N.Y. Dolls 14 Oct. 2008
By A. Steele - Published on Amazon.com
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Flash back to 1973-74: I was an impressionable 12 year old rock fan, when I first saw the NEW YORK DOLLS on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert on TV. Immediately I realized that THIS was what Rock & Roll, and particularly Glam Rock was all about. I had just gotten my first electric guitar & was learning how to play. The Dolls' songs were catchy, easy to replicate, and most of all, COOL! Soon I was on my way to replicating the Dolls in any way I could. This book would have helped a lot in those days. There weren't a lot of photos of the Dolls in the magazines back in the day. This book is a treasure trove of rare & amazing shots by legendary rock photog Bob Gruen. I'd recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this legendary band. Much like my well worn vinyl, and CD's, and the awesome DVD Bob release a year ago, this is a "must have" for any fan of David JoHansen, Syl Sylvain, Arthur "Killer" Kane, Jerry Nolan, and Johnny Thunders.
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New York Dolls-Gruen BOOK 23 Dec. 2008
By Greg 'Stackhouse' Prevost - Published on Amazon.com
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I love these guys. This book is KILLER (as in 'Killer' Kane!)-Bob's photos are amazing-only a few appeared in CREEM, CIRCUS, ROCK SCENE etc...lotsa color shots, BUY THIS!!! 10 out of 10 stars!!!
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Makes you hungry for more 2 Jan. 2010
By Bette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In general, I do not get too excited over band photography books. But I am giving this 3 stars for the Dolls' historical significance in the entertainment world. The book makes it obvious to anyone who was not previously aware that the NYD physically influenced many bands that came after them. Also becoming clearer is the doll concept - they really were living dolls, each of them dressed up, with their own aesthetic of the moment, hair and makeup specific to that "doll" alone.

I really cannot judge how complete the book is, but considering that they were together for such a brief period of time, and considering the many looks that are presented here, I will assume that it is at least somewhat complete in its representation of the bands' visual history.

Overall enjoyable, and you kind of don't want it to end! The reader wishes to turn the page and find a new look, and have a new "aha" moment eternally.

There are interviews with the only surviving original members - David Johansen and Sylvain. Quotes by band members and others such as Malcolm McLaren, Stiv Bators, Iggy Pop and The Ramones are peppered throughout the book. Morrissey has the Afterword.
OUTSTANDING!!! 8 Jun. 2009
By Peter Kryvor - Published on Amazon.com
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Whether you're a fan of the New York Dolls or someone that appreciates the imagerie (as well as sound) of live Rock'N'Roll, this book has it all!! Plus, it beautifully captures the imagerie,attitude,& glitz of one of rock's most influential bands. Definitely a 5-star rating!!
The Grat New York Dolls 1 Feb. 2013
By viciousthunder - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has alot of great pictures I had never seen before. It was a joy to see all of the photos I had never seen before.
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