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All Dolled Up2005

A New York Dolls Story

  • 3.4
In the early 70s, rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya purchased a portable video recorder. In a period of three years they shot over forty hours of New York Dolls footage. Now for the first time ever this footage is unveiled. This feature length documentary captures the band during early performances in New York at Kenny's Castaways and Max's Kansas City, then follows the Dolls on their tour of the west coast, including footage from the Whisky A Go Go, the Real Don Steele Show, Rodney Bingenheimer's E Club and much more. Intercut with revealing interviews, backstage banter and late night debauchery, this is the definitive document of the New York Dolls.

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"...with their demise in 1975, the New York Dolls' reputation slowly grew. . . ALL DOLLED UP goes a long way toward explaining the continuing fascination with the band and the hold they still exert on so many imaginations." - Jo-Ann Greene, AllMusic

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Sex, Drugs, Rock n Roll...and Videotape! Here are the New York Dolls--one of the true, unsung superheroes of Rock & Roll--in a grainy, distorted chronicle that takes them on a loud, rowdy adventure thought a ghost-grey landscape of worn-out Americana..from the decayed urban nightmare of New York City to the sleazy sunshine of Hollywood. This raw, gritty videotape footage captures the streetwise cartoon energy of the Dolls at their zenith (their studio recordings never quite bottled the lighting they blasted out in their legendary live shows): five crazy dudes who were part Bowery Boys, part Phil Spector Girl Group, all sass and attitude. Arthur "Killer" Kane, Billy Murcia, Jerry Nolan and Johnny Thunders--all long gone, but never to be forgotten. Let it rock!