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5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Dolls Bio, 14 July 2011
For anyone who has read Nina Antonia's bios on The New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders, and felt there was alot MISSING, do yourself a favour and pick up this book;you WON'T be disappointed. The author has really done his homework here, and the result is a far more balanced, authoritative and ACCURATE history of the band.
Unlike previous bios I'd read, this one goes to a more COMPREHENSIVE array of RELIABLE sources, a primary ingredient sorely lacking in previous bios I'd read on the band. One of the BEST sources it taps into-which other bios almost completely IGNORE-is RICK RIVETS. As one of the band's original founders(the other being my late friend Arthur "Killer" Kane)it has always mystified me as to why other writers did not attempt to draw more deeply from RICK'S vast and wholly reliable source of info on this band. As a friend of both Arthur's and Rick's, I can assure you that without THEIR FULL stories you will(at best)get an ABRIDGED version of this important band's history.
This "abridged" effect can be seen in all it's "glory" in Antonia's much lauded book. For folks who actually KNOW any of the principal characters, this is very discouraging(at it's best)to DAMN AGGRAVATING(at it's worse)! The discrepancies in HER bio on the band are indeed so RIFE that one hardly knows where to START(everything from Arthur's ethnic heritage, personality interplays between band members, the REAL reason Rivets left the band, etc.).
In sharp contrast, THIS bio comes the closest to telling it like it REALLY was. It DOES NOT smack of a half-effort written by a FAN, but rather by a keen-eyed journalist who has spared no effort to go to every available source that is TRULY reliable, leaving no stone unturned to get at the heart of a fascinating story that-until now-was only HALF told.
On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, I give this a resounding FIVE!
EXCELLENT investigative journalism.