I, Doll

I, Doll
I, Doll

I, Doll

Life and Death with the New York Dolls
By Arthur Killer Kane


256 Pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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ISBN 9781569762950

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Chicago Review Press (Aug 2009)


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A firsthand account of the wild life of a proto punk pioneer

When the New York Dolls' bassist died suddenly at age 55 in 2004, he left behind not only their timeless music—and many thousands of fans and friends—but a memoir of the Dolls' early years. This distinctive and extroverted voice of an undisciplined showman is presented with an introduction and epilogue by his widow, Barbara. This up close and personal perspective of the band's early days and late nights—including an instance where he locks himself out of the studio in full drag while tripping on LSD—chronicles the glorious, glamorous era of high times, high drama, and low comedy that captures the music, the style, and the life of the all-too-brief existence of the New York Dolls.


"Entertaining and absorbing."  —Library Journal

"An instant rock 'n' roll classic! Arthur 'Killer' Kane tells great stories about the seminal days of the New York Dolls, in an easy, breezy, sleazy style."  —John Holmstrom, founding editor, PUNK Magazine

"The New York Dolls were America's best rock band, [but] within the looming spectre of Arthur Kane in hatchet-drag, there hid a deeply gentle man of all-encompassing goodness."  —Morrissey

"The original bassist of the glam-punk rock pioneers chronicled their rise and glittery fall before his death in 2004. Fun and sad."  —Maxim

"Kane has a loose, ragtag writing style. It's not Yeats, but he's got style and enthusiasm. A rock and roll child of the '60s. Very much New York Dolls."  —antimusic.com

Author Biography

Arthur "Killer" Kane was the bassist for the New York Dolls and the subject of the hit 2005 documentary New York Doll.