Martin Scorsese to Direct Documentary About New York Dolls’ David Johansen (Reports).
Martin Scorsese is getting back in the director’s chair sooner than you think.
The “Goodfellas” and “Taxi Driver” director announced Tuesday that he will co-direct co-direct and executive produce a feature documentary profiling David Johansen, a leading member of the rock band New York Dolls for Showtime.
“I’ve known David Johansen for decades, and his music has been a touchstone ever since I listened to the Dolls when I was making ‘Mean Streets,’” Scorsese said in a statement. “Then and now, David’s music captures the energy and excitement of New York City. I often see him perform, and over the years I’ve gotten to know the depth of his musical inspirations. After seeing his show last year at the Café Carlyle, I knew I had to film it because it was so extraordinary to see the evolution of his life and his musical talent in such an intimate setting. For me, the show captured the true emotional potential of a live musical experience.”
The film will reportedly follow Johansen’s arrival in New York’s East Village in the late 1960s and the start of his musical career started in the 1970s as lead singer for the punk/glam pioneers the New York Dolls, along with his role in the swing revival as Buster Poindexter in the 1980s and in the blues as part of the Harry Smiths in the 1990s.
Johansen, 70, is a Staten Island native growing up in West Brighton. The New York Dolls were an American hard rock band formed in New York City in 1971. Known to be one of the first bands on the punk rock scene, New York Dolls are best remembered for their song “Personality Crisis.”