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New York Dolls

The "New York Dolls" are a rock band formed in New York City in 1972.

They found little success during their existence, but the New York Dolls prefigured much of what was to come in the punk rock era and even later; the Dolls' over-the-top crossdressing influenced the look of many glam metal groups, and their shambling, sloppy but highly energetic playing style set the tone for many later rock and roll bands.

New York Dolls, (from left) Jerry Nolan, Sylvain Sylvain, Johnny Thunders, David Johansen, Arthur Kane, circa 1974

Initially, the group was comprised of singer David Johansen, guitarists Johnny Thunders and Rick Rivets (who was replaced by Sylvain Sylvain after a few months), bass guitarist Arthur "Killer" Kane and drummer Billy Murcia. The original lineup's first performance was on Christmas Eve 1971 at a homeless shelter, the infamous Endicott Hotel.

They got their big break when Rod Stewart invited them to open for him at a London concert. Shortly thereafter, Murcia died of accidental suffocation (after he passed out from drugs and alcohol, groupies put him in a cold bath and forced coffee down his throat). He was succeeded by Jerry Nolan, though future...

years active 1971–1977;
status Reunited/Active
origin New York City
music genre Glam Rock, Protopunk
current members David Johansen (1971–1977, 2004–present)
Sylvain Sylvain (1971–1977, 2004–present)
Steve Conte (2004–present)
Sami Yaffa (2004–present)
Brian Delaney (2004–present)
Brian Koonin (2004–present)
past members Johnny Thunders (1971–1975)
Jerry Nolan (1972–1975)
Arthur Kane (1971–1975, 2004)
Billy Murcia (1971–1972)
Gary Powell (2004)
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