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The Legend Of Johnny Thunders
(MVD Visual) DVD

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johnny thunders

Looking For Johnny - The Legend Of Johnny Thunders is a compelling documentary film on the enigmatic maverick guitarist who was an inspiration for punk and eighties glam rock.

Directed by Danny Garcia who brought you The Rise And Fall Of The Clash, Garcia has exhaustively interviewed over forty associates of those who were closest to Thunders. Interviewees include former band mates Sylvian Sylvain, Walter Lure, Billy Rath and late managers Marty Thau, Lee Black Childers and revealing sound bites from Malcolm McClaren plus many more including former lovers.

Many of the interviewees are not as glamorous as they once were and their voices are worn and ragged, as is familar in many rock 'n roll stories, but at least these are the ones that survived to tell the tale.

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Many fans will know the legendary status of Johnny Thunders but not know who was the real man inside. This documentary gives the viewer a close insight.

The rise and fall of the New York Dolls is compulsive viewing with their daring androgynous looks and self destructive ways.

But with the later break up of his Heartbreakers and spiralling solo career his story dips heavily into a world of heavy substance abuse.

Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans in 1991 aged 38 years old under mysterious circumstances. A wasted talent in more ways than one but you can't help watching this documentary without wanting to immediately play his records straight away afterwards.

His legacy lives on.

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The Legend Of Johnny Thunders
*** Soundtrack album to be released on limited, numbered double red vinyl on 24th November ***

Following the film's release on DVD in October, Jungle Records will issue an original soundtrack album featuring several rare and exclusive tracks on 24th November.

Initially set to be released exclusively as a limited edition, numbered double LP on patent red vinyl, the soundtrack comes in a gatefold sleeve, featuring sleevenotes by Thunders biographer Nina Antonia. It will be distributed to indie record shops (by SRD in the UK) as a Record Store Day release, for Record Store Day Black Friday which in the USA is the country's biggest sales day, after Thanksgiving, though has a lower profile in the UK and Europe.

Packing 30 tracks, the album features a cut from early band Actress (who would become the New York Dolls), Heartbreakers favourites such as 'Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory' and 'Born To Lose', and numbers from all eras of Thunders' solo career.

The final side includes songs from some of the guitarist's collaborators and contemporaries, which were recorded especially for the film, including theme song 'Looking For Johnny' (by Oddballs bandmate Stevie Klasson), and tracks by The Bermondsey Joyriders (featuring The Oddballs' Chris Musto), Vic Goddard (Subway Sect), Jan Stenfors (Hanoi Rocks) and JC Carroll (The Members).



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