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About Nina Antonia
“The Smartest Chick I ever met.” – Johnny Thunders
“Nina Writes, Seen her Riot.” – Peter Doherty
“Priceless Books for One Such as I.” – Morrissey
“Nina Antonia Makes a fascinating Story, Irresistible.” – Uncut
Nina Antonia (Liverpool, 1960) is a former music journalist, who has contributed to Uncut, Mojo, Classic Rock and Record Collector. Her first and best known book Johnny Thunders – In Cold Blood is currently being made into a feature film, with Jonas Akerlund set to direct. Johnny described Nina as ‘The smartest chick I’ve ever met.’ Of her book The New York Dolls – Too Much Too Soon (Omnibus, 1998), Uncut magazine commented ‘Nina Antonia makes a fascinating story irresistible.’ Antonia is also featured in the Sundance Film Festival’s nominated documentary New York Doll about Arthur “Killer” Kane alongside Morrissey, Mick Jones, David Johansen, Clem Burke, and Iggy Pop and Nina appears in Danny Garcia’s poignant documentary Looking For Johnny. As well as appearing on Radio One and Radio Six, Nina has performed at spoken word events and enjoyed a retrospective of her work at the Barbican curated by Jay Clifton. Jay Clifton commented that ‘The special value of Nina’s oeuvre lies not so much in her subjects, but in her personal commitment to both the documentation of them and a search for the truth about both their character and their cultural significance. Like the best writers, she begins from personal fascinations. But with a balance of personal feelings and objective contemplation, combined with a fluid literary style, she writes books that resonate beyond the parameters of the surface material.’ Nina lectured on Glam at Tate Liverpool in 2013 which can be seen via YouTube in Parts 1 and 2. In 2016, Nina had her first supernatural piece South-West 13 published in an Egaeus Press anthology Soliloquy for Pan which sold out within days. She has continued to contribute to Egaeus, penning a novella length essay How Shall Dead Men Sing about Lord Alfred Douglas and Oscar Wilde. Another essay Bosie and The Beast appeared in Fenris Wolf 8 in 2017. Nina’s first supernatural novel The Greenwood Faun is currently available for purchase via Egaeus. In 2019, she edited and wrote a detailed biography for Incurable: The Haunted Writings of Lionel Johnson, the Decadent Era’s Dark Angel that was published by Strange Attractor Press.
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Nina Antonia discovered Johnny Thunders and the New York Dolls when a young teenager and spent her formative years as a dedicated fan. Writing was her other passion and she commenced his biography in the early 80’s. Then Johnny came to London, he and his manager read her drafts, decided the book should be an authorised biography, and uniquely gave her full access to Johnny’s life.
The book covers Johnny from his early life through the New York Dolls, Heartbreakers and solo, with interviews of many of the characters involved in his career. It then changes tone and the story is continued in the present tense as Nina describes her first-person experiences of mixing with the real-life Johnny and his associates.
First published in 1987, it was updated and revised in 2000 after Johnny’s death and with further insights gained from Nina's biography of the New York Dolls (Omnibus). ‘In Cold Blood’ has also been published in Italy and Japan.
Johnny died in mysterious circumstances in New Orleans in 1991, leading to much speculation.
This new e-book edition contains over 120 pics and illustrations, including unseen photos.
Book length: over 80,000 words.
These in-depth Johnny Thunders album liner-notes chart his recording career and life, in Nina’s enlightening and engaging style. It also includes a bonus essay on Nico, the bewitching and dark female voice of the Velvet Underground. The e-book comprises notes for these eleven album releases: -
New York Dolls 'Manhattan Mayhem'; Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers 'L.A.M.F. - the lost '77 mixes; 'L.A.M.F. - the definitive edition'; 'Live at Max's Kansas City Vols 1 & 2'; 'Down To Kill'; Johnny Thunders & Wayne Kramer 'Gang War'; Johnny Thunders 'Que Sera, Sera'; 'Que Sera, Sera - Resurrected'; 'Looking For Johnny' soundtrack; 'Born Too Loose - the best of'; Nico 'Femme Fatale'.
This e-book includes interactive links to Spotify, Apple and Amazon to stream or download each album. Size: over 26,000 words; 75 pages.