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You Can’t Put Your Arm Around A Memory

In May 1984 I ran into Johnny Thunders in Paris. He was playing at the Gibus club outside Republique. His manager was a German drug dealer. I owed Chris $200 for an 8-ball I had bought in 1982. It hadn’t been half-bad. “You have to pay me.” The German thought he was a tough guy. […]


Several years ago I went to a Nan Goldin show at the Whitney Museum with a Park Avenue divorcee. Claudia came from a good Philadelphia famiily and the black and white photos were a shock to her upper-class sensibilities. “These people look so tragic.” Her assessment of Nan Goldin’s subjects was true, but I knew […]

CHINESE ROCKS – Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers

Nothing says 1970s Lower East Side better than Johnny Thunders performing the classic CHINESE ROCKS. “I’M LIVING ON CHINESE ROCKS. ALL MY BEST THINGS ARE IN HOCK.” He was a legend on the Lower East Side. “I take smack because I enjoy it. I enjoy all it makes me feel. I don’t do it to […]

Chinese Rocks 2008

Unbelievably Johnny Thunders is making another ‘last tour’ with the New York Dolls along with David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain I love their version of ‘Chinese Rocks’. “I’m living on Chinese Rocks all my best things are in hock.” Back from the Dead. Date: Saturday, December 27, 2008 Time: 9:00pm – 11:00pm Location: The […]