New York Dolls

Photographs by Bob Gruen


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“The Dolls told me: We know you as you really are, and you’re OK by us.”–Morrissey, from his Afterword

Formed in New York City in 1971, the New York Dolls prefigured Punk, New Wave, and Glam Metal Rock with their over-the-top style and their ingenious sound, setting the tone for many rock bands that would later come on the scene. Comprised of singer David Johansen, guitarists Johnny Thunders and Sylvain Sylvain, drummer Jerry Nolan, and bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane, the Dolls are the acknowledged influence of bands as diverse as Blondie, the Ramones, Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Morrissey, the Smiths, and the Sex Pistols.

Legendary photographer Bob Gruen has compiled the first photography collection devoted to the New York Dolls and their iconic and unprecedented style. Featuring over two hundred unforgettable images New York Dolls: Photographs by Bob Gruen celebrates one of the most important bands in music history.

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Weight 920 g
Dimensions 26.1 x 21.1 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 October 2008
Number of pages 160
Format Hardback
Contributors Contributions by David Johansen, Photographs by Bob Gruen
Dimensions 26.1 x 21.1 cm
Weight 920 g


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Bob Gruen is one of the most well-known rock-and-roll photographers of all time. For almost forty years his images have appeared worldwide in every form of print from postcards to posters to T-shirts and postage stamps. He is the author of John Lennon: The New York Years. He lives in New York City.