It gives firsthand accounts of not only Jerry's life and struggles but the earliest history of punk rock in both New York and London highlighting his notorious and incendiary musical partner Johnny Thunders. Despite this he is remembered as a cross between a Martin Scorsese film character and jazz legend Gene Krupa: a stylish urban wisecracking trendsetting raconteur who was also a powerhouse drummer.
Stranded in the jungle: jerry nolan's wild ride ä a tale of drugs fashion the new york dolls and Punk RockÊ tells Jerry's story through extensive research and interviews with those closest to him: bandmates friends lovers and family members including new interviews with members of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands the Sex Pistols the Ramones Talking Heads and Blondie.
Jerry had what it took to be a star but his battles with heroin continually stymied his career and ultimately ended his life. In spite of numerous opportunities for success he became a tragedy. Jerry nolan came out of new york in the 1970s as part of two of the most influential and infamous bands of the time the proto-punk New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers.
. Here is the story of an often overlooked one-of-a-kind rock 'n' roll musician and the historic times he lived in.
There's No Bones in Ice Cream: Sylvain Sylvain's Story of the New York Dolls
A cross between the rolling stones and the sex pistols, the Dolls became the link in the chain between them, offering a crash course in mischief, cross-dressing and anarchy, but like unheralded prophets of Biblical times they were cast aside until the world finally caught up. Other people turned the New York Dolls into legends.
There’s no bones in ice cream, by sylvain sylvain, defiant, sleaze kings, transgender posers, is the inside story of glam heroes the New York Dolls – outrageous, drug casualties and victims, not just of their own excess but of an unsympathetic music industry that simply didn’t know how to process them.
Sylvain, sincere and often hilarious account of the rise and fall of the Dolls, one of only two surviving members of the original New York Dolls, offers a fly-on-the-wall, the group that flew so close to the sun that they exploded in a fireball that lit the touch paper under punk rock. Though their brief, sensation-filled yet doomed career produced just two albums, the Dolls exerted an influence on rock that changed it forever.
We just went along for the ride. ”.
Punk Avenue: Inside the New York City Underground, 1972-1982
From backrooms of max’s and cbgb’s to the tropicana Hotel in Los Angeles and back, Punk Avenue is a tour de force of stories from someone at the heart of the era. Finalist, foreword reviewspunk avenue: the new york city underground 1972-1982 is an intimate look at author Paris-born Phil Marcade’s first ten years in the United States where drifted from Boston to the West Coast and back, 2017 Indie Book Awards for Autobiography/Memoir, before winding up in New York City and becoming immersed in the early punk rock scene.
With brilliant, often hilarious prose, working with blondie’s debbie harry on french lyrics for her songs, having the Ramones play their very first gig at his party, enjoying Thanksgiving with Johnny Thunders’ mother, Marcade relays first-hand tales about spending a Provincetown summer with photographer Nan Goldin and actor-writer Cookie Mueller, and starting the beloved NYC punk-blues band The Senders.
Along the way, lives thru the blackout of 1977, plays drums with johnny thunders’ band gang war, he smokes a joint with bob marley, falls down a mountain, gets mugged at gun point, adopts a dog who eats his pot, listens to pre-famous Madonna singing in the rehearsal studio next to his, gets mugged at knife point, opens for The Clash at Bond’s Casino, talks about vacuum cleaners with Sid Vicious, throws up in some girl’s mouth, gets glue in his eye, become a junkie himself, sets some guy’s attache-case on fire, opens a store named Rebop on Seventh Avenue, gets attacked by Nancy Spungen’s junkie cat, O.
D. S on heroin, gets saved by a gentle giant named Bill, lives at night Never sleeps A very funny book.
Everything Is Combustible: Television, CBGB's and Five Decades of Rock and Roll: The Memoirs of an Alchemical Guitarist
Considered a foundational band of alternative rock, Marquee Moon, Television’s debut record, is widely viewed by critics and musicians as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. In everything is combustible, both inner and outer, Richard Lloyd relates his life, in the narrative style, digging beneath the events and revealing their meanings.
It fills a void in the written record as the first complete account of the band, including the making of their records and touring, from a founding member of the band. Lloyd’s mid-career vignettes detail his solo years, john doe, his 90s-era work, and touring adventures with artists such as Matthew Sweet, his drug addiction and recovery, including the backstory of critically praised records such as Alchemy and Field of Fire, and Robert Quine.
As one half of television’s unique guitar sound, richard Lloyd’s music has influenced a range of bands and artists from U2, and a legendary solo artist in his own right, Johnny Marr and Joy Division to R. E. M. Sonic youth, Wilco and John Frusciante. Everything is combustible is a must-have for any fan of Television and the heyday of the New York rock music scene.
Written in lloyd's inimitable, through vignettes, led zeppelin, everything is combustible chronicles, John Lee Hooker, Lloyd's colorful early life, starting in Pittsburgh and soon moving to New York City, and then details his teenage travels and encounters with music legends including Jimi Hendrix, frequently humorous style, Buddy Guy and Keith Moon.
Lloyd recounts the founding of television, the band's rise alongside other bands and personalities in the 1970’s New York Music scene, and the legend-making of the unparalleled music venue CBGB.
The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities
The '60s were not all peace and love, but Kramer shows that peace and love can be born out of turbulence and unrest. From the glory days of detroit to the junk-sick streets of the East Village, from Key West to Nashville and sunny L. A. In and out of prison and on and off of drugs, his is the classic journeyman narrative, but with a twist: he's here to remind us that revolution is always an option.
They toured the country, and had a rabid following, played with music legends, their music acting as the soundtrack to the blue collar youth movement springing up across the nation. The missing link between free jazz and punk rock, and, they were raw, primal, when things were clicking, absolutely unstoppable.
Led by legendary guitarist wayne kramer, chaotic, The MC5 was a reflection of the times: exciting, violent, sexy, and out of control, all but assuring their time in the spotlight would be short-lived. Kramer wanted to redefine what a rock 'n' roll group was capable of, but it was also a recipe for disaster, and there was power in reaching for that, both personally and professionally.
The band recorded three major label albums but, by 1972, it was all over. Kramer's story is literally a revolutionary one, but it's also the deeply personal struggle of an addict and an artist, a rebel with a great tale to tell. The first memoir by wayne kramer, before the world heard a note of their music, legendary guitarist and cofounder of quintessential Detroit proto-punk legends The MC5 In January 1969, The MC5 was on the cover of Rolling Stone.
Looking For Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders
Drawn from interviews conducted by director danny garcia for his acclaimed documentary LOOKING FOR JOHNNY, this oral biography of the legendary Johnny Thunders includes first-hand recollections from those who knew Johnny best, and Oddballs to his friends, from his fellow New York Dolls, fellow musicians, Heartbreakers, and loved ones.
The stories and anecdotes contained in this book are a strike against mortality, and a lasting testament to the inimitable spirit of Mr. Johnny thunders lives again through the reminiscences of sylvain Sylvain, Leee Black Childers, Peter Perrett, Bob Gruen, Walter Lure, Lenny Kaye, Billy Rath, Richard Lloyd, Marty Thau, and many others.
Johnny thunders, and stand as a worthy companion to the documentary. Nina antonia author of JOHNNY THUNDERS. In cold blood and too much too soon: the new york doLLS.
Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol
He recounts his infamous confrontation on Bill Grundy's Today program--the interview that ushered in the "Filth and the Fury" headlines that catapulted punk into the national consciousness. And he delves into the details of his self-imposed exile in New York and Los Angeles, heroin, where he battled alcohol, and sex addiction but eventually emerged to gain fresh acclaim as an actor and radio host.
Lonely boy is the story of an unlikely guitar hero who, with the Sex Pistols, transformed twentieth-century culture and kick-started a social revolution. Without the Sex Pistols there would be no punk. He takes readers on his journey from the kings road of the early '70s through the years of the Sex Pistols, punk rock, and the recording of "Anarchy in the UK" and Never Mind the Bollocks.
. And without steve Jones there would be no Sex Pistols. He became one of the first generation of ragamuffin punks taken under the wings of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. In lonely boy, steve describes the sadness of never having known his real dad, the abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepfather, and how his interest in music and fashion saved him from a potential life of crime spent in remand centers and prisons.
It was steve who, with his schoolmate Paul Cook, formed the band that eventually went on to become the Sex Pistols and who was its original leader. As the world celebrates the 40th anniversary of punk--the influence and cultural significance of which is felt in music, fashion, and the visual arts to this day--Steve tells his story for the very first time.
Steve jones's modern dickensian tale began in the street of hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush, West London, where as a lonely, neglected boy living off his wits and petty thievery he was given purpose by the glam art rock of David Bowie and Roxy Music.
The Mudd Club
The mudd club was filled with the famous and soon- to- be famous, along with an eclectic core of Mudd regulars who gave the place its identity. Standing outside, staring at the crowd, it was "out there" versus "in here" and I was on the inside. I was a long island kid that graduated college in 1976 and moved to Greenwich Village.
There was nothing else like it— I met everyone, and the job quickly defined me. Richard Boch. No wave and post- punk artists, filmmakers, musicians, and writers living in a nighttime world on the cusp of two decades. Two years later, I was working The Mudd Club door. Marianne faithful and talking heads, frank Zappa, William Burroughs, and even Kenneth Anger— just a few of the names that stepped on stage.
This book is a cornucopia of memories and images, and how this famed wicked downtown club attained the status of midtown and uptown. Everyone from jean-michel basquiat, passing out, and some, and Robert Rauschenberg to Johnny Rotten, and John Belushi: passing through, Jeff Koons, The Hell's Angels, passing on.
I thought i could handle it, and for a while, I did.
Too Much, Too Soon The Makeup Breakup of The New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon
But their influence lived on when Malcolm McLaren injected the last of The Dolls' life blood into the Sex Pistols and changed pop forever. The result is the ultimate saga of unrepentant rock 'n' roll and debauchery. This updated edition includes details of the band's reunion for Morrissey's Meltdown event in 2004, as well as the tragic death of Arthur Cane shortly afterwards.
From punk to grunge, practically every new sensation in contemporary rock has been a delayed reaction to The New York Dolls. Too much too soon celebrates all the glorious sleaze and excess of the Dolls' brief auto-destruct career through interviews with the survivors, roadies, managers, including band members, groupies and hangers-on.
. The dolls, peddling trans-gender posturing and incendiary rock 'n' roll, were dumped by the record business after making just two albums.
I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography
Lucky martin scorsese or Art Spiegelman or Dave Chappelle. The sharp, lyrical, charting the childhood, coming of age, and no-holds-barred autobiography of the iconoclastic writer and musician Richard Hell, and misadventures of an artist in an indelible era of rock and roll. From an early age, Richard Hell dreamed of running away.
Hell was significantly responsible for creating CBGB as punk ground zero; his Voidoids toured notoriously with the Clash, and Malcolm McLaren would credit Hell as inspiration for the Sex Pistols. I'm a little jealous of people with strong ethnic and cultural roots. I came from hopalong Cassidy and Bugs Bunny and first grade at ordinary Maxwell Elementary.
How this legendary downtown artist went from a prosaic childhood in the idyllic kentucky foothills to igniting a movement that would take over New York's and London's restless youth cultures—and spawn the careers of not only Hell himself, but a cohort of friends such as Tom Verlaine, the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Debbie Harry—is just part of the fascinating story Hell tells.
There were kinetic nights in new york's club demi-monde, descent into drug addiction, music, and an ever-present yearning for redemption through poetry, and art. We lived in the suburbs in America in the fifties, " Hell writes. He arrived penniless with the idea of becoming a poet; ten years later he was a pivotal voice of the age of punk, the Heartbreakers, starting such seminal bands as Television, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids—whose song "Blank Generation" remains the defining anthem of the era.
With stunning powers of observation, he delves into the details of both the world that shaped him and the world he shaped.
A Fast Ride Out of Here: Confessions of Rock's Most Dangerous Man
Not for nothing did nikki sixx, bassist with la shock-rockers Motley Crue and who 'died' for eight minutes following a heroin overdose in 1988, consider that he was a disciple of and apprenticed to Way. During a forty-year career as founding member and bassist of the venerated British hard rock band UFO, and which has also included a stint in his hell-raising buddy Ozzy's band, Pete Way has both scaled giddy heights and plunged to unfathomable lows.
Put simply, in terms of jaw-dropping incident, self-destruction and all-round craziness, Pete Way's rock'n'roll life makes even Keith Richards's appear routine and Ozzy Osbourne seem positively mild-mannered in comparison. They call me a madman but compared to Pete Way, I'm out of my league. Ozzy osbourneThere are rock memoirs and then there is this one.
A fast ride out of here tells a story that is so shocking, so outrageous, so packed with excess and leading to such uproar and tragic consequences as to be almost beyond compare. A heroin addict for more than ten years, he blew millions on drugs and booze and left behind him a trail of chaos and carnage.
. By turns hilarious, a fast ride out of here will be a monument to rock'n'roll debauchery on an epic, brutally honest and entirely compulsive, heart-rending, self-lacerating, scabrous, mordant, unparalleled scale and also to one man's sheer indestructability. The human cost of this runs to six marriages, four divorces, a pair of estranged daughters and two dead ex-wives.
Latterly, way has fought cancer, but has survived it all and is now ready to tell his extraordinary tale.