Staff Pick: New York Doll

Jun 4, 2019

With the show on summer break, we're sharing some memorable gems from our archives. Back in 2005, filmmaker Greg Whiteley joined us to talk about his debut documentary, a profile of Arthur "Killer" Kane, the bass player for the rock band New York Dolls who converted to Mormonism. This episode picked by Doug.


Thirty years after the glam-rock band The New York Dolls had flamed out and broken up, filmmaker Greg Whitely found bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane in the Mormon Church's Family History Library in Los Angeles. He had quit drugs and found God but he had this beautiful dream to get the band back together. RadioWest looks at the making of the film and the remarkable influence of the New York Dolls. (Original show date: January 25, 2005)

Here's what host Doug Fabrizio has to say about the episode:

In 2005, we talked about a film that surprised everyone at Sundance that year. It was Greg Whiteley’s first feature length documentary. He told us how he had stumbled upon the idea for the film when he met Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane, bass player for the rock band New York Dolls, in his LDS ward. Whiteley was Arthur’s home teacher, for crying out loud. The film is a beautiful and sad portrait of a true American original.