Chronicler of the fatally famous, Nina Antonia often ponders William Blake's notion that 'the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom'. A moot point if ever there was one.
Described by author Clinton Heylin as "the partisan of decadent fuckups", Antonia has written four books: Johnny Thunders - In Cold Blood (Cherry Red), Peter Perrett -The One & Only (SAF), The New York Dolls - Too Much Too Soon (Omnibus) and The Prettiest Star (SAF), as well as contributing to Mojo and Uncut.
Screentalk with Nina Antonia and Max Decharne (author of Kings Road). Followed by a screening of the film New York Doll.
Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood, the biography of the New York Dolls guitarist and Heartbreakers lead singer by Nina Antonia, was first published in 1987 by Jungle Records, later reprinted in 2000 by Cherry Red books, and has remained a cult classic of rock biography for more than twenty years. During the writing of the book between 1982 and 1987 Nina became friends with Thunders when he spent time in London, and the balanced observations of her first biography were given a coda in her most recent book, The Prettiest Star , in which she described some of those encounters from a more personal angle. Nina is also the author of a New York Dolls biography, The New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon. In the process of writing the book interviewed individual members of the band about the story of the Dolls short but influential career.
Nina Antonia will be interviewed by Max Decharne, writer and lead singer of The Flaming Stars, in a Screentalk event at the Barbican Centre, London, on the evening of Thursday 11 June 2009. The discussion will be followed by a screening of the documentary film New York Doll (2005), on the life of Dolls bass guitarist Arthur Killer Kane. Copies of Ninas books will be on sale and Nina will be signing copies from 8pm to 8.20pm in Cinema 2's lounge area. The event will begin at 8.30pm.
Jay Clifton has devised and curated four previous events in collaboration with Barbican Film connecting literature and film, under the title of The Hammett Story Agency, most recently Robert Fraser: Groovy Curator in January 2009. He is a contributor to and Associate Literary Editor for the pop cultural magazine Nude.
List of articles in the library by artist
Live Review by Nina Antonia, MOJO, April 1995
WELCOME TO THE DUDE ranch aka the Royal Albert Hall. Legions of longhairs, clutching their Amorica Or Bust tour posters, strut into the luscious red ...
Obituary by Nina Antonia, Spiral Scratch, June 1991
STIV BATORS, a man whose name read like an anagram, managed the rare feat of creative reincarnation, within the span of what was to be ...
Review by Nina Antonia, MOJO, July 1994
THIS IS NOT PUNK: THIS IS EDDIE COCHRAN and Gene Vincent dragged screaming into 1977. ...
Interview by Nina Antonia, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1997
From meeting up in London, Paris and NYC, via the Red Guards debacle, to catching the clap in New Orleans, Malcolm McLaren tells all about his time with the New York Dolls
File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 54.3meg, total interview length: 59' 19" sound quality: **
Book Excerpt by Nina Antonia, Omnibus Books, 1998
An extract from Too Much Too Soon: The New York Dolls by Nina Antonia, first published by Omnibus Press in 1998. (208pp, currently available in ...
Review by Nina Antonia, MOJO, September 1994
IF THERE WAS ONLY ONE SONG IN THE universe and it was 'Another Girl, Another Planet', I would still have all I ever wanted. ...
Interview by Nina Antonia, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 2005
From shop boy to Sex Pistol: the Pistols' key songwriter talks about the genesis of the band, the role of McLaren, goin' down the Roxy and the 100 Club Punk Festival
File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 42.3meg, total interview length: 46' 08" sound quality: **
Book Excerpt by Nina Antonia, Cherry Red Books, August 1999
JOHNNY THUNDERS didnt just flirt with death, he courted it. Even so, his eventual demise in New Orleans on 23rd April 1991 still came as ...
Retrospective by Nina Antonia, MOJO, March 2005
FOR THE GENERATION of kids who became punks, the New York Dolls' appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test in November 1973 was an epiphany. ...
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