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I, Doll: Life and Death with the New York Dolls Hardcover – 1 Aug 2009
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"Entertaining and absorbing." --Library Journal
"An instant rock 'n' roll classic! Arthur 'Killer' Kane tells great stories about the seminal days of the New York Dolls, in an easy, breezy, sleazy style." --John Holmstrom, founding editor, PUNK Magazine
"The New York Dolls were America's best rock band, [but] within the looming spectre of Arthur Kane in hatchet-drag, there hid a deeply gentle man of all-encompassing goodness." --Morrissey
"The original bassist of the glam-punk rock pioneers chronicled their rise and glittery fall before his death in 2004. Fun and sad." --Maxim
"Kane has a loose, ragtag writing style. It's not Yeats, but he's got style and enthusiasm. A rock and roll child of the '60s. Very much New York Dolls." --antimusic.com
About the Author
Arthur "Killer" Kane was the bassist for the New York Dolls and the subject of the hit 2005 documentary New York Doll.
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Considering it is the first from one of the - then - surviving members it is a welcome addition to the "Dolls library".
Do not read it as a definitive story, but as the story from one side of the band.
If you want something more in deep, then buy the Nina Antonia and (I say and) the Kris Needs books instead.
For the visuals go to the Bob Gruen book instead.
I think it is also time for the release of an expanded CD version of the album "Sons Of The Dolls".
I like the book, but I try to stay impartial: hence three stars instead of four.
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You get the feeling as if you had been there when Punk was born, new fashion was created,
the world was changing and New York was a dump.
Also you get reminded of how real bands get started and what they are facing
and how much it really takes for a band to go all the way..
Excellent reading and thanks for the inside view given by Barbara Kane's epilogue,
This book holds up against all the other Rock-books, see the glamour, see the passion
and see where your Rock n Roll Star goes after the show..
Arthur Kane, too much, too soon!
I was quite surprised to find out that Arthur "Killer" Kane had actually written one! I was even more surprised at how funny & insightful his writing style was.
It's a rare glimpse into the world of this legendary band, from someone who was not only there, but part of the band. Major thanks go out to Robert Cripps for giving Arthur an old computer & teaching him how to use it, without that, this book would have never been written!