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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Red Books (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901447154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901447156
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5++ stars. easy read, and the new chapters are excellent and touching. my only complaint is that it wasn't longer. there are so many great stories about johnny out there, and they never get dull. Nina got close to Johnny, and those around him, so she was able to put together a great book. I wish it was longer, but jt probably wouldn't have liked that, he'd have thought it 'boring'. this is the story of a true rock n' roll legend.
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Nina Antonia is a fantastic writer. I read through the 200+ pages in a day.

What I most enjoyed about this book is that it made Johnny out to be human - something no other press/media outlet acknowledged. Throughout the 80's he struggled valiantly against his addiction, only to fail. But never for a moment did he stop missing his children, regretting the time he spent away from them. This book doesn't try to sanitize his life. It details the depths of his addiction, his failures and lost opportunities. However, Nina also talks about the hope that he found later in life.

There are dozens of photos throughout the book - my favorite of which is a picture of a sober-looking Johnny and his girlfriend pushing their child in a stroller. It says a lot about the man: However strung out and wasted he could get, in his heart he was just a normal guy. It's too bad he became a parody of the thing his "fans" wanted him to be.

He was one of the very last of a breed of Rock 'N' Rollers that we will never see again and a presence as powerful as his will be sorely missed.

We miss you, Johnny.
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This book is useful for anyone interested in this seminal and influential figure of the American rock music underground. However, the author has the annoying habit of repeating accepted 'truths' that should be related with some scepticism. Case in point; "Jerry Nolan saw Elvis...". Many people simply do not believe junkie Jerry's stories (in one interview he spoke of an informal discussion with Jimi Hendrix, only the time and place he provided were clearly after Hendrix' death). I think Jerry Nolan was the world's greatest rock drummer, but when writing a book, careful presentation of material is in order.
This book also completely omits an index, making reference difficult or impossible. And yes, a book on Johnny Thunders does deserve an index, despite what you might otherwise think.
Hopefully these flaws will be repaired in any future editions of the book.
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I had the original pressing from the late 80's or whenever it came out-got this version for my sister for Christmas--a great book and accounting of one of my fave guys JT. This is an updated verion as well-my only complaint is the part about when myself and Andy Babiuk (we are in The Chesterfield Kings) brought Johnny up to Rochester, NY to record an album-the reporting is accurate-and the track "Critic's Choice" is the last thing he recorded in the United States, or for that matter anywhere in a real studio--problem is Nina interviewed someone else--and they stated that he was incompatible with us, and we were impatient with him-NOT TRUE. We got along fine musically and socially-the problem was with the guy who owned the studio. He was screwing with JT, Johnny got miffed and the session only yielded one complete song and a batch of unfinished stuff. Nina-CALL ME THE NEXT TIME YOU UPDATE?? Greg Prevost/Outasite/Chesterfield Kings
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I heard this book mentioned in the new documentary about Arthur Killer Kane, "New York Doll". I had Antonia's book about the Dolls and thought they were fortunate to have a biographer who was a very good writer. Same here. I am glad that someone made a record of the tenderness and vulnerability that had to be at the heart of this artist. Like Frank, Marilyn and Elvis, he wore his heart on his sleeve and we were privileged to be there for it. One of the very few guitarists from whom you can hear a few seconds and know instantly who it is.

You should see that DVD, and also "Thunders, Kane and Nolan", a concert in 1987 when, I believe, Johnny was comparatively clean. That is the only Dolls reunion you will need.
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If one wants to find out about the man behind the myth and music this book is one way to do it. Although somewhat masking the depths to which he sunk (Alan Hauser's diary entries on the old Jungle Records website make this aspect of Johnny a little clearer) the facts early in the book shed a little light on why he turned out like he did. How he struggled to find a way back from those depths is heartbreaking but shows that despite his addictions he did find a way back. Just a little too late for a happy outcome. He was a father who anguished so much about mistakes he'd made that the pain is what really killed him. He did leave behind some of the best rock 'n' roll ever made and he changed the course of music for the better. He was a unique and gifted guitarist, with talent to burn and raw power to spare. Read for yourself about the man and his music. Then crank up LAMF or So Alone and listen...
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If you're a Thunders "complete-ist" -- there's nothing i can say to keep you from getting it. If you're a Thunders fan -- here's what you need to know:
Johnny Thunders (ne Genzale) was born in Queens, 15 July, 1952. He did some school, some baseball, & some church, but they didn't take.
He got a guitar, and joined a band. The band didn't work out, but he did, and next he joined the New York Dolls & changed the course of music history. The Dolls broke up, & Thunders formed the Heartbreakers w/some other musical junkies and again, changed the face of music. They played a bunch of gigs, did some drugs (apparently) put out a few records and had constant problems w/record companies, recording studios and each other.
He dated a few groupies, married a nice gal who already had a child and promptly had another kid w/her. Didn't work out.
There was a stretch in there somewhere where he was living/touring w/a French gal (Susanne - they eventually breed). The Heartbreakers went thru several incarnations and Thunders also recorded alone. Lots of problems, always.
He worked & hung-out w/Wayne Kramer, Dee Dee Ramone & Stiv Bators on occasion.
He gets a ton of bad press and makes a couple of movies. He soldiers on. He kicks junk after 13+ years. It doesn't take.
He plays some gigs w/some old friends. He gets sick, a lot. He plays more. He kicks junk more. He records more. He plays w/The Oddballs. He kicks junk, fails, gets sick a lot. He plays more. He gets leukemia, tells virtually no one, & attempts a tour of Japan (sans Rxs he would need). He plays a few more dates and makes plans to recuperate in New Orleans & record some new stuff. 22 April, 1991, between 9-10 PM (local) -- he checks into St. Peter House at Burgandy & St.
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