- Punk glam rock band, the New York Dolls made a splash in the 70 s, but infighting and drug use broke up the band. Lead singer David Johansen had a successful solo career but others, like bass guitarist Arthur “Killer ” Kane, weren t so lucky. Arthur was plagued by drinking problems and depression, and a failed suicide attempt ultimately led him to become a Mormon. He was leading a quiet, contented
Arthur Kane of the legendary band the New York Dolls rockets to the top of the glam rock scene. Then with the death of a band member, the group bottoms out and eventually splits up. Arthur disappears from the music scene and in a surprising twist of fate, becomes a Mormon librarian. Years later, Morrissey (of the Smiths) offers Arthur the opportunity to go back into the spotlight and revisit a life he thought was lost forever. New York Doll is a heartfelt story about second chances and an incredible music journey.For a look at a “Killer,” New York Doll is a surprisingly tender portrait. But then Arthur “Killer” Kane, bass player for the New York Dolls, was a gentle soul at heart. In his feature film debut, director Greg Whiteley ably explores the dichotomy between the stone-faced rocker with the “killer” bass lines and the mild-mannered librarian at LA’s Mormon Family History Center. Kane never had much of a home life, but he loved rock and roll, and found a second family with the Doll
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