New York Doll Dead at 55

Published: 2004-07-16
Arthur "Killer" Kane, bassist for the New York Dolls passed away on July 13th due to complications from leukemia. He succumbed to the disease in a Los Angeles hospital at age 55. According to Rolling Stone, Kane's death is made all the more tragic by the fact that he only learned he had leukemia on the morning of his death.

The influence that the New York Dolls had on the punk scene is immeasurable. The band got their start at the infamous CBGB club in New York in the early 70s, playing fast and furious music that would eventually lead to the rise of punk. Sounding like no others that came before them, the band's self-titled 1973 album will always remain a classic. During their career the Dolls released songs like 'Trash and 'Personality Crisis', before disbanding in 1977.

Although the New York Dolls called it quits in the late seventies, the band recently reunited to play a series of dates in the UK. The Dolls are scheduled to play the Carling Weekend festival in Reading and Leeds, but with Kane's death it is not known if they will continue.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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