One of the most influential rock bands of the last 40 years, the New York Dolls predated the punk and sleaze metal movements that followed and offered a crash course in rebellion with style. Formed by a group of friends from New Yorks rough Bowery district, the New York Dolls origins can be traced to the band Actress which featured Johnny Thunders (John Anthony Genzale Jnr., 15 July 1952, New York City, New York, USA, d. 23 April 1991, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; guitar), Billy Murcia (d. 6 November 1972; drums), Rick Rivets (b. the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA; guitar) and Arthur Kane (b. 3 February 1949, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, d. 13 July 2004, Los Angeles, California, USA; bass). Actress evolved into the New York Dolls at the tail end of 1971, by which time David Johansen (b. 9 January 1950, Staten Island, New York, USA; vocals) had assumed the frontmans slot while Sylvain Sylvain (b. Sylvain Mizrahi, 14 February 1953,...
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