New York Doll is Arthur 'Killer' Kane's extraordinary story of loss and hope beyond all reason. In the 70s, the Dolls' outrageous antics belied a ferocious sound that presaged punk and influenced a generation of musicians. Establishing the raucous-rocker template, the Dolls' crashed and burned amidst a flurry of drug and alcohol abuse after their aptly titled second LP, Too Much Too Soon. Various members of the band found varying success in the music industry but Arthur faded away into virtual obscurity - battling alcoholism and troubled marriages. In 1989, his marriage over, Arthur joined a local church and eventually settled into his job at the Family History Centre - all the while dreaming the fool's dream of rekindling his own broken friendships with the only family he had left, The Dolls. Director Greg Whiteley captures Arthur's compelling journey from mild mannered librarian of his churches' Family History Centre to his "Meltdown" reunion with his band mates in the comeback gig he'd longed for for the last thirty years and the staggering events that followed.
- New York Doll review by Shatner's Bassoon
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This often moving film tells the story of Arthur 'Killer' Kane who after the demise of the Doll's entered a downward spiral after a failed solo career, a series of failed relationships, drug abuse and alcoholism. At rock bottom after failed suicide attempt Kane discovered 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints', and now as a man in his 50's Arthur has matured into a gentle, softly spoken man who lives a simple life and works as a librarian in his church's L.A temple. Though Arthur had left the music scene for many years he still had one dream, which was to play one more time with the New York Dolls, and by some strange miracle Arthur is contact by Morrissey who has been chosen to curate the 2004 Meltdown festival and has requested that the Dolls reform for a one off gig. The film then follows Arthur as he prepares for his comeback gig and his reunion with his estranged band-mates. Overall, this is one of those life affirming films which a very sweet and likeable man fulfils his dream, and If you're even if like me you're not a fan of the New York Dolls, don't be put off. This is easily one of the most enjoyable and touching documentaries of the past decade.