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Heartbreakers / Oddballs interviews and more in B.S zine #36 [18 Feb 2010|02:45pm]

Issue 36 of the UK’s only fake-fur adorned rock ‘n’ roll read – ‘Bubblegum Slut zine’ - is out now and includes an in-depth interview with Walter Lure, covering his time in the Heartbreakers, The Waldos and the very different life he leads today, plus another chat with Stevie Klasson, taking in his experiences in the Oddballs before focusing on the rise of the vintage guitar dealership he established after the demise of the band.
Additionally the free sampler CD included with this issue features a live track from Walter, and The Bermondsey Joyriders' (ex-Cock Sparrer / Chelsea / Heavy Metal Kids) Thunders tribute 'Part of My Problem', a tune which has already met with high praise from Patti Palladin. Also inside Issue 36, you’ll find 88 pages of the followingCollapse )
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New York Dolls interview in B.S zine #32 [21 Oct 2008|01:47pm]

Issue 32 of the UK’s finest, and only fake-fur covered (!) rock'n'roll zine Bubblegum Slut is out now and includes an in-depth interview with Sami Yaffa and Steve Conte.

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Bumping into Geniuses [25 Aug 2008|01:16pm]

Rock journalist. PR guy for Led Zeppelin. Nirvana's manager. Good friend to Kurt and Courtney. Record company executive. These are but a few of the descriptions you might apply to Danny Goldberg, whose latest book, Bumping into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business, hits the bookstores next month. In addition to the appellations I've already dropped, among the many behind-the-scenes tales Goldberg tells are how he covered Woodstock when nobody else wanted to, when he talked Kiss into taking it all off (makeup-wise), and how he launched Stevie Nicks' solo career. What emerges is the profile of someone savvy enough to know that doing business is all about relationships—and that you can't succeed at either one at the expense of the other.

For our purposes here, Goldberg also writes about such Paul Nelson favorites as Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Ian Hunter (whom Goldberg now manages), and Neil Young. Most importantly, he writes about Paul.

Touching on Paul's five years at Mercury Records, when Goldberg was writing for Circus magazine, he also reflects on Paul's role in the Warren Zevon saga in a lengthy and loving chapter about the singer/songwriter's final years (Goldberg was head of Artemis Records and released not only Zevon's last three studio albums but also the fine tribute album, Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon). He also reflects on Paul's memorial service at St. Mark's Church on September 7, 2006.

What emerges is Goldberg's admiration for both Paul the man and Paul the writer. As he wrote for RockCritics.com shortly after Paul's death:
Paul was hopelessly miscast as a PR guy. He was literally incapable of hyping an album or artist he did not believe in and was always apologetic when he called about a Mercury artist.... Paul was far more likely to go into a track by track analysis of the latest Leonard Cohen album on Columbia than even to mention a mediocrity on Mercury. I don't know how he got himself into a position where he was able to sign the Dolls (not normally the kind of thing a PR person could do at record companies) but I suspect he just wore out his superiors. But he did enjoy the expense account that allowed him to take a long list of writers to La Strada and other Midtown restaurants.

Towards the end of Bumping into Geniuses, Goldberg realizes that "People like me were only valuable to record companies to the extent we could identify and sign commercial talent. And the way that the business world judged your talent for picking and signing and working with artists was not how smart you were, how much you loved music, how hard you worked, what skills you had, or what critics thought of your taste. To be taken seriously by the grown-ups you had to be associated with big hits. That was the coin of the realm."

Which pretty much sums up why Paul Nelson's record company career ended in 1975.

Copyright 2008 by Kevin Avery. All rights reserved.

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A quiz [24 Apr 2007|02:01pm]

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Which member of Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers are you? (with pics!)

You're Johnny Thunders!Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketEveryone's favourite junkie since Keith Richards, you created the Heartbreakers with your friend Jerry Nolan after you both got fed up with the New York Dolls. After the HBs you went on to have a sometimes successful and often chequered solo career, playing with all kinds of musicians around the world. Unfortunately you died of an overdose in New Orleans on April 23, 1991.
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Everything Is an Afterthought [23 Apr 2007|12:54pm]

I recently sold my first book. In conjunction, I've established another LiveJournal to report on the project's progress, occasionally provide links about, and writings by, its subject, Paul Nelson (famous for signing the New York Dolls to their first record label, as well as his Rolling Stone reviews of Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople, Jackson Browne, the Sex Pistols, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and the Ramones -- to say nothing of his cover story about Warren Zevon's battle with alcoholism), and share snippets of information or parts of interviews that may or may not be covered further in the final product.

The new journal shares the book's working title, Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson. Just follow the link.

Anybody interested in learning more about this brilliant critic, whose own life proved just as mysterious and fascinating as the artists' about whom he wrote, is welcome to join. As well, tracking the process of how a book goes from sale to publication should prove interesting. I'm rather curious about that part myself...
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14 January 1992 - 15 years [14 Jan 2007|07:19pm]

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[25 Nov 2006|09:11pm]

[ mood | okay ]

Any one like to join my community dedicated to legendary groupie Sabel Starr?  : )


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just thinking [30 Oct 2006|09:36am]

[ mood | zonked out ]

Something that got me to thinking was this:

If Johnny Thunders, when he died, was already suffering from leukemia and AIDS, then I guess, forgive me for being crude, he was going to die one way or the other anyway, right? It was just a thought. 

That is pretty sad though.

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Rock and Roll Geek Show-193- New York Dolls Record Review [13 Sep 2006|08:13am]


A review of the new New York Dolls CD
One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This.


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[02 Sep 2006|08:45pm]

Hello everybody!
I thought I`d join here, cause I "found" NY Dolls again
(I liked them before, but didn`t listen to them for ages)
to be great!

So, my name is Reija, I`m 19 and I`m from
Finland (Like Sami Yaffa! Haha).
And I had the change to see their first ever
gig in Finland this summer at Ruisrock,
and it was pretty cool!

My other likings in music are The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunders, Dead Boys, Metallica, Queen, Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, System of a Down, Flogging Molly, The Ark, and lotslotslots of more!
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[25 Aug 2006|08:57am]

[ mood | tired ]

Well, I saw how there was a bunch of posts introducings oneselves, so I figured I would do one also.

I am sixteen.
I'm live in Australia.
I wish I was alive during the seventies or fifties maybe.
My favourite bands are the Ramones, NY Dolls (duh), Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Richard Hell, Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Iggy and the Stooges,  Eddie Cochran, T-Rex, the Beatles plus a whole bunch more.

I guess that's all that's relevant, so yeah. :D

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Playing with Dolls [28 Jul 2006|02:44pm]

[ mood | famished ]

In the early Seventies, the New York Dolls were the reigning rock & roll band in New York City, the darlings of David Bowie and the avant-garde intelligentsia, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith rolled into one, and America's principal purveyors of such newfound concepts as deliberate musical primitivism and the punk rock of futuristic, haute-couture street children. A cult band, they were passionately loved or hated, and more than a few critics (myself included) saw in them this country's best chance to develop a home-grown Rolling Stones. The Dolls were talented, and, more importantly, they had poisonality! Both of their albums made the charts, but a series of stormy misunderstandings among their record company, their management and themselves eventually extinguished the green light of hope, and the group disbanded... Like all good romantics, they had destroyed everything they touched. 

-- Paul Nelson, Rolling Stone, May 18, 1978

The argument could be made that we have the Mormon Church to thank for One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, the first studio album in 32 years by the New York Dolls. It may not be a particularly good argument, but all the components are there for a not even half-baked conspiracy theory: 

As depicted in Greg Whiteley's fine documentary New York Doll, original Dolls bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane, who, following an an act of self-defenestration, had converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was working in the church's Family History Center Library when he discovered that an almost 30-year dream, something he had prayed for again and again, was about to come true: the remaining Dolls (David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain) wanted to reunite. Not only are his Mormon coworkers and bishop supportive of their friend, whose life of drinking and drugs had gone out the window with him, they help fund the retrieval of his guitar from a local pawnshop so that he can start practicing for the reunion gig. Had they not and had Kane not rejoined the band, and had New York Doll never been made, you could argue that there would not have been the press and acclaim and subsequent momentum to get the Dolls back into the studio, back on the radio, back on TV, and back in the stores. 

If New York Doll isn't the best piece of pro-LDS propaganda the Mormon Church has ever had at its behest, it's at least some damn funny and insightful off-the-cuff filmmaking. (Has ever a movie come into being so accidentally?) The movie's wacky elements and plot twists -- a faded, jealous rock star, his bitter wife, a quart of peppermint schnapps, a handy piece of cat furniture, an open kitchen window, and an unexpected demise -- tell a tale of decadence and redemption worthy of Raymond Chandler.

But in the midst of all this craziness there beats a heart, and it's a sweet one. Such as when Kane, "the only living statue in rock & roll" and, in Johansen's words, "the miracle of God's creation," leads the group in prayer before they take the stage for the first time in almost 30 years. Or earlier, back at the library, when Kane explains the responsibilities of being a rock & roll bassist to the two little old ladies with whom he works. Or when he confesses to his Mormon bishop his apprehensions about getting back together with Johansen (who, when he finally arrives in the studio, looks like a haggard Allison Janney). 

Which brings us to the Dolls' third album, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, which arrived in stores on Tuesday and which, like Bettie Page adorned in leather, is hard and soft at the same time. Lots of ricocheting guitar lines and anthemic pounding housed within four Phil Spectorish walls of sound; middle-aged men acting tough, vamping and posturing while sounding melodic as all hell. A reminder of how rock & roll ought to be. How it used to be. 

Combining clever wordplay ("Evolution is so obsolete/Stomp your hands and clap your feet," from the pro-simian/anti-creationist single, "Dance Like a Monkey") and wordy cleverness ("Ain't gonna anthropomorphize ya/Or perversely polymorphousize ya"), Johansen, whose vocalizing and songwriting have both aged magnificently, proves that, despite his Buster Poindexter detour, he remains one of rock's savviest practitioners. He leads the Dolls through a variety of subjects and styles while spewing his trash poetry lyrics ("All light shines in darkness/Where else could it shine?") with his heart on his sleeve and his tongue firmly in cheek -- often at the same time:

Yeah, I've been to the doctor
He said there ain't much he could do
"You've got the human condition
Boy, I feel sorry for you"

Funny is one thing, smart is another; but funny and smart at the same time, that's tough. Ask Woody Allen.

Listening to the new album, I couldn't help but think of critic Paul Nelson, whose words opened this piece and who, back in the early Seventies, was the A&R guy who put his job with Mercury Records on the line when he signed the Dolls to their first record deal ("I knew they were going to have to be a big success or I would lose my job, and I did"). What would Nelson, whose body was found alone in his New York apartment earlier this month, have made of the Dolls' new effort and return to the spotlight? And would he have seen anything of himself in the song "I Ain't Got Nothing"?

This is not how the end should have come
Who could imagine this when I was young?
Where is everybody?
It's not the way I wanted it to be

With One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, the New York Dolls pick up right where they left off over 30 years ago, as if no time at all has passed. Which begs the question (especially with all the dancing like a monkey going on): shouldn't there have been some kind of evolution musically? If the Dolls remain just as smart and funny as before, and rock just as hard -- if just plain surviving isn't enough -- what have they gained? 

Wisdom perhaps?

We all should be so lucky.

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[24 Jun 2006|05:28pm]

I just watched New York Doll and thought it was put together really well, but also very sad. I was in tears once the Smiths song kicked in at the end.

Anyone else have thoughts on it?
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[16 May 2006|09:35pm]

BitTorrent users

Born to Lose (probably a documentary most of us have not seen, or maybe I'm just behind!) is available, for BitTorrent, so if you're familiar with BitTorrent, you need more people downloading it for it to go faster, and I thought this was the perfect place to ask because a lot of people have been wanting to see this documentary

Just google, BitTorrent, download the program

and then download the file here

We need more people to download so it can go faster :) (you can also look up the Don Letts infamous Punk Rock movie there)

Here is a picture of Johnny:
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[31 Jan 2006|10:40pm]


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Jerry Nolan Was A Rockat. Video? [25 Jan 2006|03:27pm]
Few Dolls fans know that Jerry Nolan played drums in 1979/80 for a Neo-Rockabilly band called Levi & The Rockats as well as the Rockats (after they split from Levi). Leee Childers, who managed the Heartbreakers, managed Levi & the Rockats, which is how Jerry got involved with them. Would anyone know of any video footage of Jerry playing with these bands?

many thanks,
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[30 Nov 2005|06:09am]

Since the Culture Room show was cancelled. The Dolls are playing tonight in miami.
im sure all you know this already...

anyone going? im sure to be there.
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[26 Oct 2005|05:58pm]

New york dolls was cancelled in Florida because of the hurricane. this blows.

in other news:

You're Johnny Thunders! (A.K.A- John Anthony
OH MY GOD! You darling are the best, the greatest,
the most talented, the hottest, the sparkling
epitome of glam rock!!!! MARRY ME!
Now really, you have a tough outer shell but you're
truly vulnerable, yet your love for heroin and
meth will stop you faster than you think.
You're dedicated to what you do and are full of
life and energy. You make rooms light up and
everyone loves you.

(Johnny Thunders was the original Lead Guitar
player for the NYD, his performances were often
tainted because he was always under the
influence; however, no one could touch him
because he was simply AMAZING. He soon departs
with Jerry Nolan when their career starts to
flag. After that he went on to a solo career,
and died in New Orleans of an overdose
(possibly heroin or methadone) as soon as he
decided to get his life together.)

Which member of the New York Dolls are you?
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Dolls Fan [25 Oct 2005|08:15pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

Hey i just found this community. You guys rock Ive been a Dolls fan pretty much my whole life (My dad even played with Johnny once). Anyway glad to find some other NYD freaks

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new [21 Oct 2005|10:46am]

Hey all,
My name is Deeana. I live in Florida.

I've been a fan of NYD for quite sometime now and I'm finally getting the pleasure of seeing them in 6 days at Culture Room. Anyone else going to that show??

well, i wanted to formally introduce myself, so yeah :]
hi guys.

- Deeana
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