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Sylvain Sylvain of the Proto-Punk Band New York Dolls Dies at 69 – The New York Times

He was a core member of a group that had limited commercial success in the early 1970s and didn’t last long but proved hugely influential.



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The band made a quick splash but within a few years had dissolved, leaving only two albums from its heyday, New York Dolls (1973) and the prophetically titled Too Much Too Soon (1974, the title borrowed from the autobiography of the actress Diana Barrymore). It produced no radio-friendly hits, but its fame grew after the fact. As Mr. Sylvain put it in his memoir, Theres No Bones in Ice Cream (2018, written with Dave Thompson), We were reborn as an historical precedent, year zero of punk, the Roanoke…

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