Dave's Rating:


… better than Bands Reunited

Who's in It: Arthur Kane, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Bob Geldof, Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Morrissey, Iggy Pop

The Basics: It's a documentary about former New York Dolls bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane getting one last shot at being a rock star.

What's the Deal? Booze may destroy livers, but the bitter lust for lost fame is what'll really kill you. This doc shows what happens to people who are famous for a short time and then go crazy with resentment about losing it all. Arthur Kane's tragic alcoholic skid landed him in a Los Angeles Mormon temple, where he redeemed his broken life by working for God in the temple library. And then Morrissey called and wanted Kane to perform in London again with his old band …

Fairy Godmother: The former Smiths frontman served as guest curator of the Meltdown Festival in London. All three surviving Dolls, including David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, showed up for a bittersweet reunion.

Saddest Line: "I've been demoted from rock star to schlep on the bus," says car-less, bass guitar–less (it went to the pawn shop) Kane, riding one of L.A.'s finest slow-moving public transportation systems.

Cost to Bail Out That Guitar: $262.50, paid for by Kane's fellow church members.

Why It's Better Than Bands Reunited: Instead of focusing on fussy egos, it's about why fame is the last thing anyone should look for if they want to live happy lives.

Pickled Old Rock Stars: Kids, don't do drugs. You'll end up looking like, well, choose almost anyone in this movie. You'll look like one of them.

Reads Like Fiction: Weeks after reuniting and reconciling with his old bandmates and performing for one last time, Kane was diagnosed with leukemia and quickly died.


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