Richard Hell, who co-founded The Heartbreakers with Johnny Thunders after the implosion of The New York Dolls in 1975, nailed the enduring charisma and import of The Dolls in his 1991 elegy for his former bandmate.
“I admired the Dolls; they inspired me,” Hell wrote. “They were the first pure rock & roll group. ‘Pure’ in that they knew and operated on the assumption that rock & roll was at least 50% (maybe 100%, maybe 200%) attitude. They were the first group that regarded themselves as stars rather than thinking of themselves as musicians, or writers, or vocalists. The Dolls were for New York groups what the Sex Pistols were for British groups. They excited... Read More