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New York Dolls
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New York Dolls.

Johnny Thunders


David Johansen

Jerry Nolan


Sylvain Sylvain

Arthur "Killer" Kane


 I first heard New York Dolls when I was fifteen or sixteen years old. A girl in one of my high school art classes bought their first album based on the cover photo (above). She was a Bowie fan and thought the Dolls would be something similar. They weren't. She hated them and passed the record on to me. The Dolls have been a favorite of mine ever since.
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more reference photos. all photos © Dennis Recla and collected at Johnny Thunders Cyber Lounge

A few of the many Dolls videos on Youtube that were also used as reference.





Also of great assistance was Bob Gruen's book New York Dolls: Photographs
 I like to work to music. Here's a partial list of what I was listening to for this piece. New York Dolls (debut album, Too Much too Soon, From Paris With Love, A Hard Night's Day, Lipstick Killers, Songs the Dolls Taught Us...) Johnny Thunders (LAMF, So Alone, DTK, Max's, In Cold Blood, Copy Cats, Que Sera Sera...) David Johansen (David Johansen Group Live, Live it Up, solo albums...) Sylvain Sylvain (solo albums) Jerry Nolan (Take a Chance With Me/Pretty Baby--single).
 If you were to have just one Dolls cd in your collection it's A Hard Night's Day, a collection of demos from 1973. If you're looking for two I recommend From Paris With Love. In fact, get both. You'll thank me later.



















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