Monday, November 30, 2009

Glam Punk Mormon Librarian

Hey everybody, I hope my U.S. friends had a delightfully stuffed Thanksgiving! I know I did.
This particular illustration isn't particularly holiday-themed, but it does warm the cockles of my heart to see video of skinny 70's punk rockers dressed in women's clothing with hair teased to epic proportions. I was recently asked to do in illustration for the Calendar section of LA Weekly, and one of the events was a reading of the book "I, Doll", written by Arthur "Killer" Kane of the New York Dolls.
Not being familiar with the Dolls, Wikipedia soon informed me that they were big influences in the early years of punk/rock and included people with such stage names as "Sylvain Sylvain" and "Johnny Thunders".

Arthur is on the far right--photo by Bob Gruen

So anyway. Unfortunately, Arthur "Killer" Kane died in 2004 of leukemia, but before he did he converted to Mormonism, became a librarian, and also got a metal plate in his head. It sounds like quite a life. So here's to Arthur:


Daniel Fishel said...

Very Cool!

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Betty said...

I would LOVE to have a wallpaper sized version of that graphic!
Any links or ideas would be awesome.