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I, Doll: Life and Death with the New York Dolls

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The New York Dolls, during and after their all-too brief existence, were a huge influence on David Bowie and Mott the Hoople, KISS and Aerosmith, Guns n’ Roses and Mötley Crüe; when they toured England under the supervision of punk impresario Malcolm McLaren, they indirectly caused the formation of the Sex Pistols. Their bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane died suddenly at age 55 ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Monica
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shoddily written memoir by the bassist of the New York Dolls. Put this side-by-side with Dee Dee Ramone's memoir, I'd say at least Dee Dee had a great sense of humor that made his addled writing readable. Kane, not. He uses cliche after cliche, frequently incorporating lyrics and titles from NY Dolls songs in his narrative to horrible effect.

Poor Arthur. He flamed out young and spent the rest of his life trying to figure out what the hell happened.
Angela Nicole
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Arthur Kane was known for being the bassist of the New York Dolls. He depicted his alcohol abuse in his memoir, and how he struggled to find his self of sense again. Arthur's style of writing is quirky and he always had bizarre stories. If you're a Dolls fan, I would recommend this book.
Dearg Glas
Aug 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Interesting, but ultimately depressing and dispiriting account of Killer Kane's time as a New York Doll and the aftermath.
Armand
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great stories, great book. Although Arthur's writing style tends to be very "in-jokey" and campy. If you don't get the references, I can see how it could be very annoying after a short time.
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it was kinda all over the place
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