This documentary released in 2005 is about Arthur “Killer” Kane, former bassist of the legendary New York Rock band The New York Dolls and his involvement in the New York Dolls reunion at the 2004 Morrissey curated Meltdown Festival. After the Dolls broke up in the mid 70s (after releasing only 2 great records), Arthur started a few different bands that didn’t really go anywhere and eventually his drinking had gone out of control and he sank into obscurity. Fast forward almost 30 years we find Arthur living in LA and working at the local Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center Library having converted fully to the religion. In 2004 Arthur’s dream came true when Morrissey put together a New York Dolls reunion.
The movie surprisingly give a pretty decent (although abridged) history of the New York Dolls besides giving you Arthur’s compelling story. I had thought the film New York Dolls - All Dolled Up* was going to be a documentary on the band but was extremely disappointed as it is just 3 hours of rough live and interview footage filmed when the band was together. The other film is interesting but far from a must see.
One of the best things about this film is that you get the interesting perspective of getting Arthur’s story not only from the subject but also from his friends and higher ups in the LDS church and his coworkers. The film also includes interviews with the other living band members (David Johansen & Sylvain Sylvain), old friends from the scene (Photographer Bob Gruen, other proto-punk/punk musicians), and famous musicians (Chrissie Hynde and Bob Geldof).
Check out the trailer via youtube.
Other New York Dolls related films:
New York Dolls - All Dolled Up (2005) *note that this is not a documentary as I mention above
Posted originally: 2009-04-09 23:04:42