Monday, October 10, 2005

Filtered watch: New York Dolls at the LFF

Is that Sex and The City in the
70s? The NY Dolls
One of the films being screened at the London Film Festival that caught my attention is a documentary about legendary proto-punk band The New York Dolls. Entitled New York Doll, it focuses on the band's least flamboyant member, bassist Arthur 'Killer' Kane, whose very lack of stage presence made him an icon. After The Dolls' split and a few abortive attempts to resurrect his musical career, Kane all but disappeared. Cut to 2004, when Greg Whitely began filming Kane, who by then had followed the tragic road to new born Christiandom. That was also the year of the Morrissey-curated Meltdown summer event at the South Bank, who invited the band to play two historic gigs in London. And then...


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