David Johansen
American rock, protopunk, blues, and pop singer, songwriter, actor
David Johansen
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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Steven Blush's Guide to Being The Underdog
Huffington Post - 5 months
"I think if there's a commonality in my books ... it is cheering for the underdog," Steven Blush told me. "It is not a good business model to choose people who are not famous, but I've always been this way." We're glad he's that way. Because in his new book, "New York Rock: From the Rise of the Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB," he chronicles the many phases of rock 'n' roll music in New York City between the 40-year span of 1966 to 2006, from now world-famous bands such as Blondie and Kiss to a whole host of lesser-known bands who were part of the New York rock scene. And in doing so, he continues in the tradition of his previous books, such as "American Hardcore" and "Lost Rockers: Broken Dreams and Crashed Careers." Even if you start out as the underdog, the world -- and particularly New York City -- is full of endless possibilities for you to find your own unique path. To understand Blush's perspective, it is crucial to consider that Blush grew up in New J ...
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For Love and for the Love of Lennon in New York City: 35th Annual Tribute Concert Preview
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"John was a great artist, yes. But he was more than that. He was a revolutionary, an activist who spoke truth to power and stood for something beyond politics and the shallowness of patriotism. He was a rebel, a seeker, a misogynist who grew to be a feminist, a violent man who became a gentle man. More than anything it was his growth as a man that was heroic. That is the journey we all aspire to. Call it the 'real hero's journey.' That will always be relevant. It's about the message that came through him...that message is as timeless as Buddha! John was a vessel for that message of love. 'Love, love, love. All you need is love. It's the word, love. Love is a flower, you have to let grow. Love is the answer and you know that for sure. Love is all and love is every one. Limitless, undying love that shines around me like a million suns." Joe Raiola Theatre Within Executive Director, Producer/Artistic Director of the Annual John Lennon Tribute, Senior Editor at MAD, comedian, speaker, w ...
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Rocker Busts In To Café Carlyle
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
For his Halloween-night performance at the Carlyle, the rock singer David Johansen is reviving his alter ego, Buster Poindexter.
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Who Needs 'It Girls' When You Have Joan Jett and Lou Reed?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The moment Hedi Slimane took the creative reigns at Yves Saint Laurent -- excuse us, Saint Laurent -- he made it quite clear that there would be no new "it girl." Rather than looking for the next big thing, the designer has kept his gaze turned staunchly to the past when it comes to muses. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Slimane's latest photoshoot for V Magazine's September issue. The French photographer lensed a rock'n roll feature for the glossy, shooting stark, pensive headshots of music icons Joan Jett, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Michael Gira and David Johansen. Classic Hedi, no? For Saint Larent's recent ad campaign, the brand's creative director cast the likes of Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson and Kim Gordon, as opposed to trendy models like Cara Delevingne or Karlie Kloss. For such an of-the-moment guy, Slimane has gone against the grain by choosing old over new -- his subjects are iconic, grungy figures, the antithesis of "it girls." In an industry where '9 ...
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Binky Philips: July 27, 1973: The 40th Anniversary of the Release of the Debut Album by The New York Dolls... Their Fan Club President Remembers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
July 27th marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the New York Dolls self-titled debut album on Mercury Records, produced by Todd Rundgren. For me, this is an intensely personal moment. The New York Dolls were personal friends of mine. It was the first time I ever watched pals become stars. A year or so later, KISS's Paul and Gene gave me a taste of what it was like to be high school pals with guys who became gods. I've written about the Dolls before. To mark the 40th anniversary of my one gig opening for the Dolls, on the night they got signed, I excerpted the New York Dolls chapter from my book out on Rhino Records, "My Life In The Ghost of Planets: The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was," here on Huffington Post. It's a fun read, if I say so myself, and a true witness to history. Because, folks, nothing was ever the same after the Dolls hit us between our thighs. So, instead of me yammering redux, I got in touch with my old friend, Kathy Miller, the head of the Dolls first f ...
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Marc Ruxin: The Best Tunage 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
This year, building a music discovery platform called TastemakerX, I was looking harder than usual at new music. I was doing this primarily to prove my thesis that music discovery is becoming increasingly more difficult. This is due in part to the enormous decrease in the costs of producing and distributing music, thanks in part to technology (for production) and the Internet (for distribution). As a result there is much more music being produced than ever before and, not surprisingly, it is nearly impossible to stay on top of it all. You'd think that the Internet would have solved this problem, but algorithms don't turn people onto music, people do, and for the most part digital music hasn't been very social up to now. With that said, this has been another stellar year for music. You should make a point to try it all. 1) Angus Stone -- Broken Brights (Nettwerk) I didn't pay much attention to Angus & Julia Stone last year, so when I stumbled in to see Angus playing a ...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Music previews for the week of June 21-27. THURSDAY 6/21 JONATHAN COULTON, JOHN RODERICK (Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) See My, What a Busy Week! THE SKABBS (Jackpot Records, 203 SW 9th) Read our article on the Skabbs. RHETT MILLER AND THE SERIAL LADY KILLERS, THE SPRING STANDARDS (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Rhett Miller. CARLTON MELTON, GLITTER WIZARD, BISON BISON, WHITE MANNA (Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) If there is such a thing as a St. Johns sound, Bison Bison could be accused of embodying it. The trio evokes the North Peninsula with solid tracks of sludgy, crushing rock, rife with a sense of Northwest gothic—and one that is informed by a particularly potent fusion of hard rock elements with melodic, funky rhythms and riffs. On tracks that delve into minutes-long territory, Grant Miller delivers classically ripping guitar solos, interspersed with plaintive vocals that remind me of the fierce veneer ...
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Live Music in Union County
Berkeley Heights Patch - almost 5 years
Crossroads Garwood David Johansen, Frankenstein 3000, Raven's Ballroom, Eric Harrison Sat: It's What You Think, Hammond 2:30 Sun: Relay for Life Benefit, Inskagnito, Great Waves   xxroads.com McLynn's 250 Morris Ave., Springfield Steve Urban & Friends The Kootz mclynns.com Molly Maguire's 1085 Central Ave., Clark TBA TBA mollymaguires.com Senorita's Mexican Grill 1300 Raritan Road, Clark Sami Eldebs Sami Eldebs, Punchbully senoritasmexicangrill.com/clark/ 16 Prospect Wine Bar/Bistro 16 Prospect, Westfield Joe Regan Piano Cabaret Sat: TBA Sun: Joe Regan http://16prospect.com/ 10th Street Live 104 N. 10th St., Kenilworth Downtown Uproar, Streets of Fire, Go For Launch   Chocolate Bread, The Ugly Club, The West Defender http://10thstreetlive.com/?page=home Stage House 366 Park Ave., Scotch Plains Venus Envy (10 p.m. to 1 a.m.) Memory Pain (10 p.m. - 1 a.m.) stagehouserestaurant.com   ...
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Sittin' around with David Johansen
Asbury Park Press - almost 5 years
Not all songs are created equal. For proof, just ask David Johansen. "To me, there's two criteria: sometimes a song is really a song, and sometimes it's just a record," Johansen said.
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Join Quincy Jones For A Great Night In Harlem
Green Celebrity Network - almost 5 years
Join Quincy Jones and 40 other legends for an unforgettable night that will help save the music on May 17. The Jazz Foundation of America presents its 11th annual A Great Night In Harlem at the Apollo Theater next month, featuring performances by Macy Grey, Randy Weston, Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, David Johansen, Stanley Jordan, Essie Mae Brooks, Kansas City Band featuring Steven Bernstein, Geri Allen, James Carter, Christian McBride, Don Byron, Curtis Fowlkes, Craig Handy, Victor Lewis, Mark Whitfield, Art Baron, Jerry Dodgien and many more. For 23 years, the Jazz Foundation has been dedicated to saving the homes and lives of elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis. They now assist in over 6,000 cases a year, including hundreds of New Orleans musicians and their children still recovering from Katrina. Find out more about the event here. Related past articles Elton John's Oscar Viewing Party Raises $5.25 Million For Charity Eric Clapton To Join Guita ...
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Residents Can Request Changes to City’s Comprehensive Plan; Deadline June 1
B Town Blog - almost 5 years
Residents can now make suggestions for changes in the Burien Comprehensive Plan, and the city is also accepting new requests for changes in the plan to be completed by this July. David Johanson, of the city’s Department of Community Development, says the city will be continuing the update process initiated last year. The final Comprehensive Plan will be decided by the City Council in June or July following a recommendation by the Planning Commission. Deadline from individuals or organizations for amendments to the plan is 5 p.m., June 1. Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map may also require a rezone, the city said. Application packets are available at City Hall and also on the city’s website, www.burienwa.gov. A filing fee is required for amendment requests. The city recommends meeting with the city planning staff prior to filing. The 2012 Comprehensive Plan Amendment file is available at Burien City Hall during regular business hours. All Planning Commission and Ci ...
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New shows on sale: Enrique Iglesias, Ziggy Marley, Big Sean and others - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - over 5 years
David Johansen, Garland Jeffreys, Oct. 22, $32.50. (973) 714-5351, atthetabernacle.com. • Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York. Moby, Oct. 25, $35. (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com. • Hammerstein Ballroom, New York. Demi Lovato, Sept
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deadmau5 surprise set lights up Sunser Strip Music Festival - Monsters and Critics.com
Google News - over 5 years
The special night featured appearances from Mötley Crüe friends Ray Manzarek of The Doors, Neil Strauss, co-author of the band's autobiography The Dirt, comedian Dane Cook and New York Dolls vocalist David Johansen. All shared stories and memories with
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MÖTLEY CRÜE Bassist: 'I Would Love To Make An Extremely Heavy, Non-Commercial ... - Blabbermouth.net
Google News - over 5 years
Guests and friends such as Dane Cook, THE DOORS keyboardist Ray Manzarek, NEW YORK DOLLS frontman David Johansen and author Neil Strauss (who co-wrote a book with the band, "The Dirt") paid homage to MÖTLEY CRÜE during the ceremony
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Red Carpet Tribute to Motley Crue. - Zoiks! Online
Google News - over 5 years
Celebrities on the red carpet included Motley Crue, DJ Ashba (Guns N' Roses), Buckcherry, Dane Cook, Escape the Fate, David Johansen (New York Dolls), Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Neil Strauss (Rock author) and more. Basse, who has just returned from a US
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Simon Price: There's no going back to the Old Grey Twilight Zone - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
The New York Dolls, super-camp street trash teetering around on high heels in lipstick and Empire State hairdos, had just ripped through a proto-punk stormer called Jet Boy, with twin frontmen David Johansen and Johnny Thunders, looking respectively
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Motley Crue to be Roasted By Dane Cook and Others - Ultimate Classic Rock
Google News - over 5 years
Motley Crue are going to sizzle on the Sunset Strip Music Festival tonight (Aug.20), when comedian Dane Cook, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, David Johansen of the New York Dolls and 'The Dirt' co-author Neil Strauss will converge to “roast” the band for a
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Motley Crüe Honored at Sunset Strip - RollingStone.com
Google News - over 5 years
Among those on hand to pay tribute to one of LA's favorite groups will be the Doors' Ray Manzarek, comedian Dane Cook, and Crüe's tour mate this summer, New York Dolls frontman David Johansen. On Saturday, Crüe take to the streets, headlining the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Johansen
    FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to his own albums, Johansen contributed songs to the soundtracks of the films Times Square and The Aviator ("Flowers of the City" and "Ain't Cha Glad" respectively) and guests on About Them Shoes, a CD by veteran blues man Hubert Sumlin. Another non-album track of his, "Johnsonius", appears on the 1984 compilation A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth of a Corpse and "The Rope (The Let Go Song)", a track originally recorded during the sessions for his eponymous first album, and published on the B-side of the single, "Funky But Chic", a song that was performed by the original New York Dolls before breaking up. An artist noted for his musical unpredictability and versatility, Johansen has been a consistent blues enthusiast since the earliest days of the Dolls, with covers of songs by Bo Diddley and Sonny Boy Williamson among their earliest numbers. The 2006 Dolls CD Private World: The Complete Early Studio Demos 1972/3 featured the Dolls performing songs by Otis Redding, Gary US Bonds, Chuck Berry, The Shangri-Las, and Muddy Waters, in addition to versions of songs from their two Mercury albums. Also featured on the CD was a previously unreleased Dolls number, "Endless Party".
  • 2007
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island commissioned the program and asked each artist to write 20 minutes of music conveying something of his connection to the island often referred to as New York City's forgotten borough. Johansen's opus, a cinematic and unabashedly romantic Adagio scored mostly for strings, is called "Mara Dreams the Moon Gate of Uncommon Beauty." Inspired by The Moon Gate of Uncommon Beauty, a round portal between two rockscapes in the Chinese Scholar's Garden at the Staten Island Botanical Garden.
  • 2004
    Age 54
    In 2004 Johansen reunited with Sylvain Sylvain and Arthur Kane, of the New York Dolls.
    More Details Hide Details Owing to the success of the tour, in 2006 the New York Dolls released One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, their first album in nearly thirty years. It was critic Robert Christgau's choice for album of the year. In 2009 the band released "'Cause I Sez So" and in 2011 "Dancing Backward in High Heels". Johansen hosts a weekly show, David Johansen's Mansion of Fun, on Sirius Satellite Radio while continuing to write and perform. Featuring music "from the jungles of Africa to the Bayou of Louisiana, and from Duke Ellington to Phil Spector to Billy Joe Shaver, the show is all over the musical map," truly free-form and eclectic. Currently, the show airs on channel 30, The Loft.
  • 2000
    Age 50
    Johansen acted in several films during the 1980s and 1990s, and in 2000, had a brief role on the HBO drama Oz.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in the television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete in the episode "On Golden Pete", in which he played a park ranger. He appeared in the Muppet Television segment of an episode of The Jim Henson Hour. Among his more prominent roles are that of the wisecracking Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooged as well as the part of 'Looney' in the movie Let It Ride, playing opposite Richard Dreyfuss. He starred opposite Hulk Hogan and Sherman Hemsley in Mr. Nanny, and co-starred with John C. McGinley in the movie Car 54, Where Are You?, based on the television series. He can be seen in the Jim White documentary film Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus in which he sings a version of Geeshie Wiley's "Last Kind Words" while in a motel room. He also had a supporting role with Mick Jagger and Emilio Estevez in the movie Freejack. He also played Halston (a hired hitman) in the anthology film Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), in the segment "The Cat From Hell". He was also the guest music artist on the Miami Vice episode "The Dutch Oven" (1985) where he sang "King of Babylon". Johansen most recently portrayed the bartender in the Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 32
    In 1982 Johansen was the opening act for The Who at several U.S. East Coast concerts, Shea Stadium Queensborough and Capital Centre.
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1980s, Johansen achieved moderate commercial success under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter, accompanied by The Uptown Horns, performing a mixture of jazz, lounge, calypso, and novelty songs, and appearing as part of the house band on the television program Saturday Night Live. As Poindexter he scored his first hit song, "Hot Hot Hot," which in an interview on National Public Radio's Fresh Air he called "the bane of my existence," due to its pervasive popularity. "Hot Hot Hot" was initially written and recorded by Montserratian Soca artist Arrow. As Poindexter, Johansen often appeared with his band, The Banshees of Blue. Early Poindexter releases combined an eclectic selection of covers with Johansen's own compositions. Johansen went on to issue Buster Poindexter's Happy Hour, a CD of songs thematically linked by their subject matter — alcohol. It is his most jazz-influenced release to date. It was followed by Buster Poindexter's Spanish Rocket Ship, a synthesis of R&B, calypso and Latin jazz.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His first two albums, David Johansen and In Style, featured several enduring originals. Sylvain Sylvain frequently performed with him, and his band covered many Dolls songs in concert; his live albums Live It Up and The David Johansen Group Live document Johansen's reputation as an exceptional concert performer. The studio releases Here Comes the Night (which includes a signature number, "Heart of Gold") and Sweet Revenge again showcased his strengths as a writer of new material and featured a guest appearance by jazz saxophone player Big Jay McNeely. A number of the songs on "Here Comes the Night" were co-written with South African musician Blondie Chaplin.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 0
    Born on January 9, 1950.
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