David Johansen

Rock + Protopunk + Blues + Pop Singer + Songwriter + Actor
Born Jan 9, 1950

David Roger Johansen is an American rock, protopunk, blues, and pop singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known as a member of the seminal protopunk band, The New York Dolls. He is also known for his work under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter.

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    Huffington Post - Nov 18, 2015
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    Wall Street Journal - Oct 31, 2013
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    Huffington Post - Aug 27, 2013


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1950 Birth Born on January 9, 1950.


1977 27 Years Old Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, along with Peter Jordan, Chris Robison, and Tony Machine, continued playing as the New York Dolls, until 1977, after which Johansen embarked on a solo career. … Read More


1982 32 Years Old In 1982 Johansen was the opening act for The Who at several U.S. East Coast concerts, Shea Stadium Queensborough and Capital Centre. … Read More


2000 50 Years Old Johansen acted in several films during the 1980s and 1990s, and in 2000, had a brief role on the HBO drama Oz. … Read More
2004 54 Years Old In 2004 Johansen reunited with Sylvain Sylvain and Arthur Kane, of the New York Dolls. … Read More
2007 57 Years Old In October 2007, Johansen participated in "The Staten Island Composers Project," featuring work by three musicians who call the island home: Johansen; Vernon Reid, founder of the '80s rock-metal pioneers Living Colour; and Galt MacDermot, best known as the composer of the musical Hair. … Read More
2009 59 Years Old In September 2009, he appeared on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, the Travel Channel TV program, in which he toured Staten Island with the program's host. … Read More
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