last night i watched New York Doll. i didnt know for sure what to expect, but i guess i thought it would be a documentary and i would learn all about the New York Dolls. and that is partly true. But this documentary focuses on the base player Arthur "Killer" Kane and the Dolls Reunion Show in London at the Morrissey Meltdown summer 2004. It was kind of hard to watch because it is mostly from Arthur's perspective. He is a bitter musician whose band fell apart 30 years prior. It was awkward because you kind of felt bad for him. I couldn't figure out if he was burnt out from too many drugs, had mental issues or what. He was wierd. He became a morman several years ago and works at their library. So this rock and roll guy is now working with old people in a library and taking the bus to work. He was all excited when he found out the band would reunite. When he got to his hotel, he was in a normal room, but he kept talking about how nice the maple desk was and that the chairs in the hotel room were nicer than the furniture at his house. It was kind of disturbing.
So half of the movie was spent on Arthur and the other half discussed The Dolls and how influential on so many people. I guess when they came out in 72 or 73 music was really, really bland and they totally shook things up. Almost everyone in the band is bitter because they never made any money and all the other bands that came out after them made tons of money. Especially all the hair bands in the 80s.
This movie twists about a bit though. I cried at this movie. I very rarely get teary-eyed at movies. But this one, i actually cried. It was truly touching.
I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys music. You do not need to be familiar with the New York Dolls to enjoy this movie.