There's No Bones in Ice Cream: Sylvain Sylvain's Story of the New York Dolls (Paperback)
A simple read from simpler times, when the grit was visible and not yet baked-in. This is a fun biography, one of the better-written rock bios I’ve read lately. Sylvain’s evocation of 70s New York is downright pleasant despite all the quite obvious dangers and corrupted morality. He’s certainly the best Dolls biographer so far! These tales of dress-up hard rock seem quite naïve now, and I love it. Of course, everything descends into death and (more) depravity, but the New York Dolls clearly were not the utter monsters that Motley Crue were – more just a bunch of opportunistic, makeup-wearin’ loverboys havin’ big fun in the rotten Apple, from whence so many great earworms sprung!— Matt
About the Author
Dave Thompson is the author of over 150 books, including co-written memoirs with New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain, Motown legends Brian and Eddie Holland (forthcoming), Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, the Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty, Fairport Convention’s Judy Dyble and more.
A columnist for Goldmine magazine, his work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Mojo, Record Collector and many other major publications.
He has contributed to music documentaries produced by VH-1, A&E, the BBC and others. Born in the UK, Thompson is now a resident of Delaware, USA.