From Glam Rock To Mormonism And Back Again: “New York Doll” Tells The Unique Story Of Arthur Kane


April 25, 2017 — The New York Dolls were one of the seminal punk rock bands of the early 1970’s. 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.

Johnny Thunders, Sylvain Sylvain, Jerry Nolan, David Johansen and Arthur “Killer” Kane were the original Dolls, but the band did not stay together. Arthur Kane was forced out in 1975.

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

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

But Kane’s newfound success would be 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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