New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain revealed last month that he has been battling cancer for the past year and has launched a GoFundMe to help pay for surgery and recovery. Sylvain didn’t offer many details about the cancer, but said he hoped his upcoming surgery would “do the trick.” As of 30 May, 2019, Sylvain’s … Continue reading New York Dolls Guitarist Sylvain Sylvain Launches GoFundMe for Cancer Fight
The New York Dolls were called many things; glam, proto-punk, hard rock, but are probably best understood as a “dirty rock & roll” band. Combining an aggressively androgynous style with street smart New York attitude and campy humour, the New York Dolls ushered in the era of CBGBs, heroin chic, loud guitars and referential lyrics which gave rise to Patti Smith, The Ramones, Television … Continue reading Sylvain Sylvain releases book about the New York Dolls
Ex-New York Doll Syl’s first solo album is a wonderful exercise in pure pop with no hard edges, but hooks and melodies aplenty. A far cry from the seedy three chord sound of the Dolls, this LP’s chock full of 50’s and 60’s influenced rock n roll pop. Tinkly keyboards and saxophone punctuate most tracks, … Continue reading From The Archives: Sylvain Sylvain S/T (RCA)
Lee Crystal, who played drums for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts during their most commercially successful period in the ’80s, died earlier last month, on 6 November 2013. He passed away from complications from multiple sclerosis, which he was diagnosed with in 1993. According to a post on Kayos Productions’ Facebook page, Crystal just “lost his … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: LEE CRYSTAL (1956-2013)
The Dolls formed 40 years ago, in 1971. One has to ask the question though, with only Sylvain and Johansen left in the lineup, is their reason for them to still be around in 2011? Sure, its money, and I certainly don't begrudge them earning money, cos I remember those lean years in the 80s … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: About the New York Dolls in 2011?
It’s hard to believe that 10 years have gone since the release of the Rock n Roll War compilation CD’s. Prior to Rockbrat, back then, Cowboy Col was operating Vicious Kitten Records, an independent record label whose mission was to fight the war against the jive. I had the idea of releasing a compilation album … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Vicious Kitten Records and Rock n Roll War (2000)