Styles & Forms | Punk | Early History (1973) | Key Events
All Dolled Up In New York
Throwing a fistful of glitter into the mix, along with some debilitating drug problems, The New York Dolls tottered unsteadily along the line between punk and glam rock in the early 1970s. Fronted by the pouting Jagger-esque David Johansen, the band lost drummer Billy Murcia to a drug overdose before their self-titled first album in 1973. Inside their heads they were already stars and they galvanized the New York underground scene and the rock critics. But while they had a couple of sure-fire punk classics like ‘Looking For A Kiss’ and the aptly titled ‘Personality Crisis’, they had difficulty getting their act together in the studio.
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