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Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood Paperback – November 1, 2000
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I have been fascinated with Johnny since my friend showed me a video of him playing Pipeline. I wanted to know more about him imediately and was turned to this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Veronica Stroh
I was looking forward to this, but it was sort of dry. In fact, I did not finish this one yet. I will get to it when I run out of more interesting books that I have lined up. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Elizabeth K. Shadowen
I grew up listening to johnny. With the dolls and the heartbreakers , gang war and solo and finally the oddballs. i mean literally. im 6 1/2 mo. older than he would be now. Read morePublished 22 months ago by susan phelan
The product description said that the book came with a 10 track CD. When finally received, no CD was included.Published on November 28, 2012 by Mr. Beat
The man, the myth, the mess and the whole story!!! Good history and a great read. Must have for any Dolls or Thunders fan!! (Teddy Heavens)Published on April 11, 2011 by Big T.
Nina Antonia offers a very subjective and even-handed view of the career of rock legend Johnny Thunders. Ms. Antonia's book is the most comprehensive glimpse of Mr. Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by Jennifer Blue