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New York Dolls: All Dolled Up

Dr4455_1 Photographer Bob Gruen culls from over 40 hours of priceless footage he shot, on a then state-of-the-art portable Sony video recorder, of the legendary New York Dolls during their early '70s heyday. The glorious black and white footage carries surprisingly clear sound that displays the raw inspired musical alchemy that the Dolls possessed. The candid footage follows the garishly dressed band from their early gigs in the hallowed halls of venues like Max's Kansas City and onto Los Angeles where the Dolls exploded on the scene with energized performances at the Whisky a Go Go and on Don Steele's television show. Between backstage and on-the-road shenanigans the band performs songs like "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Personality Crisis," "Subway Train," "Chatterbox" and "Pills." Special features include commentary by David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and Bob Gruen, full performance of 12 songs, Bob Gruen's extensive photo gallery accompanied by his befitting voice-over anecdotes and an interview with Bob Gruen by Handsome Dick Manitoba. Aspect ratio is not listed. Sound quality is processed in 5.1 Surround Sound. (Music Documentary - Five Stars, DVD features - Five Stars) Not Rated, 230 mins. Total running time (Music Video Distributors)

February 1, 2006 in Music | Permalink