Arthur “Killer” Kane, the original bassist for the New York Dolls, passed away this week in Los Angeles from leukemia. He had joined the Church in recent years, and according to the New York Times obituary, he worked in his stake’s family history center.
For those of you not familiar with rock history, the New York Dolls (along with Iggy Pop and Velvet Underground) were the pioneers of punk rock. Led by David Johansen (later known as Buster Poindexter), they came on the scene in 1972 in New York City and really changed the course of rock and roll. Their energy, concision, theatrics (and, to be fair, lack of musical skill) inspired folks like Patti Smith, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and Blondie.
The Dolls burned out fast as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. In fact, three members of the band have died from drug related problems. By all accounts, Arthur Kane had overcome his addictions, and had recently played in a Dolls reunion concert in London.
I’m sure the rest of the Bloggernacle joins me in extending our sympathies to Kane’s family and friends.