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Max’s Icon: Johnny Thunders

Max’s Icon: Johnny Thunders

After the original New York Dolls broke up, Johnny Thunders —who had been the Dolls’ Keith Richards to David Johansen’s Mick Jagger —and Jerry Nolan formed the Heartbreakers, first as a trio with former Television bassist Richard Hell, who soon left to lead his own band, the Voidoids. If the New York Dolls were a precursor to punk rockers, then the Heartbreakers served as a living bridge to it —updating classic Rolling Stones-style, sneering two-guitar rock in prototypical fast-and-furious style. With Thunders’ shambling, drugged-out, foul-mouthed onstage charm, and songs like “Chinese Rocks” and “Too Much Junkie Business” celebrating the heroin-junkie lifestyle, these Heartbreakers could not be confused with Tom Petty’s backup band. – Rolling Stone

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