From New York Doll to L.A. Mormon
Speaking of cross-dressing: Arthur "Killer" Kane, who played bass in the New York Dolls--that's him on the left (I'm pretty sure, it's hard to tell them apart), died a year ago this month at 55. He's featured in a new documentary, "New York Doll," that picks up the last year or so of his life. He was living pretty much penniless in L.A., bass in hoc, a practicing Mormon, making a living working part-time at a Church of Latter-Day Saints temple and occasionally landing film roles as an extra, when Morrissey, of all people, finally organized a June 2004 New York Dolls reunion show (Thunders-less, obviously) in London. It was a smashing success, and the realization of a dream Kane had long nurtured as he eked out a living on the margins of L.A. and watched David Johansen/Buster Poindexter's career flourish (relatively speaking) from afar. Kane died unexpectedly of complications from pneumonia weeks later.
Johansen has kept the reunion going, with Sami Yaffa of Hanoi Rocks replacing Kane.
The Hollywood Reporter has a new review of the movie here--I can't tell why, other than the fact that it screened at the L.A. Film Festival last month. It's slated for an October release on First Independent Pictures.
If it's as good as the notices it's been getting, it will add to the spate of remarkable rock documentaries we've seen recently, from Some Kind of Monster to Dig! to Ramones: End of the Century (which I have yet to see, but everybody says it's remarkable). My only question is, When is someone going to make The Story of the Replacements? It's one of the great untold stories in rock history, and there's got to be plenty of great archival footage out there just waiting for an enterprising documentarian to find it. Some of it's right here.