The porn icon and sex activist on what’s wrong with the school curriculum… and how to fix it.
The New York Dolls were the ultimate in-your-face punk band of the 1970’s. With an unforgettable style, the Dolls pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable content in music and art. In particular, the group’s image played with gender identity issues back when this was still considered a major cultural taboo. Yet the title of the band’s second album, Too Much Too Soon, pretty much sums up the band’s story. Due to the pressures of success, substance abuse and tensions between Arthur “Killer” Kane and David Johansen, the band broke up.
After years of struggles, Kane sobered up and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A popular urban myth suggested he was brutally assaulted during the Rodney King riots, though this is only half true. Despite health issues and financial woes, Kane rejoined the New York Dolls in 2004 for the band’s reunion show.
This movie is what happened next…
New York Doll was a smash hit at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the Documentary competition. The now classic rockumentary also features appearances by such celebrated musicians as Morrissey (The Smiths), Iggy Pop (The Stooges), Mick Jones (The Clash), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) and Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats).