Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan’s Wild Ride—A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock

by Curt Weiss

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10/18/17 7pm The Girl Can't Help It 3806 Grim Ave, San Diego, CA
10/19/17 7pm Book Soup 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
10/23/17 7:05pm Books Inc. in Berkeley 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
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11/5/17 4:30pm Som Records 1843 14th Street NW, Washington DC
11/6/17 7:30pm Brewery ARS 1927-29 W. Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA
11/9/17 7pm The Delancey 168 Delancey St, New York, New York
11/10/17 7pm Iris Records 114 Brunswick St, Jersey City, NJ
11/11/17 3pm Tres Gatos Bookstore 470 Centre St. Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA
11/12/17 2:15pm Out of the Blue Too Gallery 521 Mass Ave, Cambridge MA
11/16/17 7:30pm Powells Books on Hawthorne 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon


Here is the story of an often overlooked, one-of-a-kind rock 'n' roll musician and the historic times he lived in. In spite of numerous opportunities for success, he became a tragedy.

Jerry Nolan came out of New York in the 1970s as part of two of the most influential and infamous bands of the time, the proto-punk New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers. Jerry had what it took to be a star, but his battles with heroin continually stymied his career and ultimately ended his life. Despite this, he is remembered as a cross between a Martin Scorsese film character and jazz legend Gene Krupa: a stylish, urban, wisecracking, trendsetting raconteur, who was also a powerhouse drummer.

Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride-A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock tells Jerry's story through extensive research and interviews with those closest to him: bandmates, friends, lovers, and family members, including new interviews with members of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Blondie. It gives firsthand accounts of not only Jerry's life and struggles but the earliest history of punk rock in both New York and London, highlighting his notorious and incendiary musical partner, Johnny Thunders.

Publisher: Backbeat Books

Format: Softcover

Page Count: 280

Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781495050817

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