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New York Dolls T Shirts

The New York Dolls T Shirts Collection at T Shirt Subway.

So you have finally made it to our New York Dolls inspired t shirts and that is great news as The New York Dolls were the American rockers from New York that formed in 1971 and helped pave the way for a new era of punk rock.

A unique image and protopunk sound influenced many in that decade and also during the 1980's, and it was they who helped form the New York scene that gave us the likes of Talking Heads, Television, Blondie and the Ramones and of course gave us all those greats music t shirts to enjoy and The New York Dolls t shirts here are no different.

The early days of the band, and indeed much of their era saw a disjointed line-up with much change. It all started with Sylvain Sylvain and Billy Murcia, who played together in a band in high school. After they split, it was a few years until they started up a band called the Dolls, taking on Johnny Thunders to play bass. This was followed by a time of the guys going seperate ways, before Thunders joined Arthur Kane and Rick Rivets, followed by Murcia after a while. The band, then known as Actress, took further shape after Thunders decidede he did not want to play lead, and David Johansen joined. In a further twist, Rivets then left and Thunders and Murcia were reconciled with his replacement, Sylvain. This became the bands original line-up and they first performed on Christmas Eve 1971.

The band had a big break opening for Rod Stewart, but disaster occurred soon after when Murcia, 21, died from drowning having passed out from drugs and alcohol.

The band have experienced much success despite so much change, and in 2004 they reformed with 3 of the original members - Johansen, Sylvain and Kane. Shortly after their first reunion concert Arthur Kane died, while Johansen and Sylvain went on to release new material.