Arthur Kane, Of “The New York Dolls,” Moved From Glam Rock To Mormonism, And Back Again

June 13, 2017 — Arthur “Killer” Kane, one of the original New York Dolls,  did not have a normal life

In the  early 1970s, The New York Dolls were one of the seminal punk rock bands. They were flashy glam metal rock icons and their influence was widespread — The Sex Pistols, Kiss, Guns and Roses and The Ramones all claimed the New York Dolls’ influence on their music. Their heavy hard rock sound was copied endlessly,

Johnny Thunders, Sylvain Sylvain, Jerry Nolan, David Johansen and Arthur Kane were the original Dolls, but that band did not stay together. Arthur Kane was forced out in 1975, probably because of his drinking. The first two albums, on which Kane performed are among the most popular cult recordings of all time

Kane’s connection with the rock world became tenuous, once he left The Dolls; his marriage dissolved and he became an alcoholic. He ended up living in relative poverty and obscurity. He would eventually join The Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints. 

In 2004, having met Kane, Morrissey set a Dolls reunion in motion. Greg Whiteley would film the reunion, which was a success. A reconciliation with the remaining Dolls resulted, as did a few more successful performances.

But Kane’s newfound success would be extremely short-lived. 22 days after the original reunion show, Kane would die.

Greg Whiteley put together a fascinating account of the final days of a rock institution whose time in the limelight was severely limited.

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