New York Doll

New York Doll

DVD - 2005
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A recovering alcoholic and recently converted Mormon, Arthur 'Killer' Kane of the rock band The New York Dolls, is given a chance at reuniting with his band after 30 years.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Distributed by Visual Entertainment, 2005
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.66 NEW
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (78 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 22, 2018

When artists manage to achieve massive critical success and earn devoted followings among fellow musicians, it seems clear that mainstream commercial success ought to follow. Yet some artists never really 'break through', and the New York Dolls are a frustrating example. This fascinating documentary looks into both the rambunctious glam rock group in general and the specific life journey of bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane.

The movie shows a bunch of famous figures such as Morrissey of the Smiths stating their appreciation of what the Dolls' back-to-basics rock and roll sound meant to them. Kane's life twists and turns from youthful fame to anxious depression to domestic abuse to a spiritual awakening and more, all of which gets depicted in an empathetic, understanding way. It's interesting to say the least to watch a rock star turned librarian (working for the Mormon church's research agencies, no less) attempting to perform again with his old band. The filmmakers' storytelling lets Kane's hopes and dreams shine through up to their tragic end. The movie is highly recommended.

Nov 18, 2017

Somehow I missed the music of the New York Dolls when they were popular. However, this didn't stop me from enjoying this personal and heartfelt documentary about Arthur "Killer" Kane. He had a lot of hard times. This film shows him when he has found a certain peace with himself, working in a Mormon library, when Morrissey brings the NYD back for a performance in London. This is somehow a beautiful, bittersweet portrait of how one man lived his life.


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