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Encyclopedia > Arthur Kane
Arthur "Killer" Kane in 2004

Arthur Kane (February 3, 1949July 13, 2004) was a musician and librarian best known as the bassist for the pioneering glam punk band the New York Dolls. He stated in the 2004 documentary film New York Doll that his nickname, Arthur "Killer" Kane, was inspired by the old Buck Rogers comic strip's villainous character Killer Kane. Kane remained part of the Dolls from their founding until he was forced out of the group shortly after the departure of Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan, and joined them for a reunion show in 2004, which was the subject of the aforementioned 2004 documentary New York Doll. Singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock wrote a tribute to Kane, "N.Y. Doll", for his 2006 album Ole! Tarantula. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... ||/ | @___oo / / / (__,,,,| ) /^) ^/ _) ) /^/ _) ) _ / / _) / )// || | )_) < > |(,,) )__) || / )___) | ____( )___) )___ ______(_______;;; __;;; A bassist is not a musician, so much as a guy or girl trying to play an instrument with four strings and a long neck. ... Glam punk is glam rock and punk rock music. ... The New York Dolls are a rock band formed in New York City in 1971. ... New York Doll is a film based on the life of former New York Dolls member Arthur Kane. ... Buck Rogers is a fictional pulp character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, the hero of two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Amazing Stories. ... Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale, Jr (July 15, 1952 - April 23, 1991), was a rock and roll guitarist and singer, first with the New York Dolls, the proto-punk glam rockers of the early 70s. ... Jerry Nolan (May 7, 1946 – January 14, 1992) was an American rock and roll drummer who played with The New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers. ... New York Doll is a film based on the life of former New York Dolls member Arthur Kane. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Robyn Rowan Hitchcock (born March 3, 1953) is a singer-songwriter, psych folk artist, and occasional actor. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

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Early life

Arthur Harold Kane Jr, was born in The Bronx, New York to Erna and Harold Kane. His mother died when he was a young man and his difficult relationship with his father went downhill. He graduated from Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, New York. He first played bass in the band Actress along the other original New York Dolls: Johnny Thunders, Rick Rivets and Billy Murcia, but not David Johansen. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Martin Van Buren High School is a public high school in Queens Village, New York City. ... Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale, Jr (July 15, 1952 - April 23, 1991), was a rock and roll guitarist and singer, first with the New York Dolls, the proto-punk glam rockers of the early 70s. ... David Johansen on the cover of his 1987 eponymous debut as Buster Poindexter David Johansen (born January 9, 1950, Staten Island, NY) is an American rock, punk, blues and pop singer, songwriter and actor. ...


The New York Dolls

At a time when many rock performers sought notoriety through their on-stage antics, Kane gained fame for his motionless performances, with some calling him "the only living statue in rock-and-roll."


Post-Dolls

After the Dolls broke up, Kane collaborated with Blackie Lawless from W.A.S.P. on a project dubbed Killer Kane, which resulted in the single "Mr. Cool". "Lawless" was an old friend from the Bronx and had replaced Johnny Thunders during the ill fated Florida tour in 1975. He also took part in such short-lived efforts as The Idols (with Jerry Nolan) and The Corpse Grinders (with Rick Rivets). He backed Johnny Thunders on a few tours in the 80's. One by one, these projects failed, and Kane began to feel that there was no longer any place in the music business for him, and that what little material success he had achieved with the Dolls was to be the high water mark of his career. He saw himself living in poverty and obscurity for the rest of his life. As this bitter realization gripped him, band after band directly inspired by the Dolls catapulted to stardom, and the other members of the Dolls continued their careers unabated. Lead singer of the Dolls, David Johansen, who Kane viewed as a rival, found success as "Buster Poindexter". Blackie Lawless Blackie Lawless (born Steven Edward Duren on September 4, 1956, in Staten Island, New York) is best known as the lead singer and guitarist for heavy metal band W.A.S.P.. He has become notorious in the heavy metal community for his live performances, controversial album covers... W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and had continued success in the 1980s. ... David Johansen on the cover of his 1987 eponymous debut as Buster Poindexter David Johansen (born January 9, 1950, Staten Island, NY) is an American rock, punk, blues and pop singer, songwriter and actor. ...


As a result, Kane grew frustrated with music (although he continued playing and in fact learned harmonica during this period). He relocated from New York City to Los Angeles, but he could not escape his regrets. His envy and creative block, coupled with alcoholism and the breakdown of his marriage, led to a deepening depression. Although urban legend frames Arthur as a drug addict, this was not the case; his true downfall was alcohol. Another urban legend is the he attempted suicide after seeing Johansen on TV. What in fact happened was that Arthur, drunk from several days of heavy drinking, fell out of a window while sitting in it. Arthur's bad luck continued when he was attacked by a vagrant in West Hollywood who hit him in the back of the head with a baseball bat, putting Arthur in a coma for several days. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Kane surprised all who knew him when, in 1989, he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He continued to do volunteer work as a librarian in the Family History Center (genealogy library) at the Los Angeles Temple. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ... Family History Centers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operate as branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. ... The Los Angeles Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints The Los Angeles Temple is the tenth operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ...


New York Doll and reunion

Arthur Kane (left) at the Doll's reunion performance at Royal Festival Hall, June 16, 2004

In the early 2000s, Kane met filmmaker Greg Whiteley through his work with the Latter-day Saints, and the two became friends. Whiteley had the idea of chronicling Kane's life in a documentary, and, in 2004, Morrissey gave the project impetus when he offered Kane an opportunity to perform a reunion show with the surviving Dolls (David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain) in London as part of his Meltdown Festival. Whiteley filmed Kane's experiences preparing for the performance, which was for Kane the culmination of a nearly 30 year dream. In the process of preparing for the concert, Kane bought his guitar back from a pawn shop with money borrowed from fellow Mormons, reconciled with Johansen, and put together a stage outfit befitting Joseph Smith, Jr. Whiteley's footage resulted in the 2005 Sundance featured documentary entitled New York Doll. His sudden death in 2004 ended any hopes for a reunion tour. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is an English singer and songwriter from Davyhulme, near Manchester. ... David Johansen on the cover of his 1987 eponymous debut as Buster Poindexter David Johansen (born January 9, 1950, Staten Island, NY) is an American rock, punk, blues and pop singer, songwriter and actor. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Meltdown is an annual music festival held at the Royal Festival Hall, part of Londons South Bank Centre. ... Joseph Smith, Jr. ... The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks alongside the Cannes, France, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada festivals as one of the most prestigious in the world. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Death and legacy

On July 13, 2004, just 22 days after the reunion concert, Kane thought he had caught a flu in London, and checked himself in to a Los Angeles emergency room, complaining of fatigue. He was quickly diagnosed with leukemia, and died within two hours. David Johansen wrote of Kane's death: "It's good to know that he went out on a high point in his musical life but he will be sorely missed." Annual tributes to Kane's lasting memory and influence were held at the Continental in New York City until its closing in 2006. is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Leukemia or leukaemia (see spelling differences) is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow and is characterized by an abnormal proliferation (production by multiplication) of blood cells, usually white blood cells (leukocytes). ...


 
 

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