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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Sat May 24, 2014 10:32 am

I'm excited to see this tonight in LA. The first showing already sold out. For what its worth, Billy said way before this film was even announced, Phyllis was one of many women jerry spent time with and someone who really doesnt have the right to speak on his behalf. She ended up being with him in the end and inherited his belongings.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Sat May 24, 2014 12:12 pm

stiv wrote:
I'm excited to see this tonight in LA. The first showing already sold out. For what its worth, Billy said way before this film was even announced, Phyllis was one of many women jerry spent time with and someone who really doesnt have the right to speak on his behalf. She ended up being with him in the end and inherited his belongings.

For anyone who was wondering, Billy absolutely appears in the movie.

I was kicked out and let back into Phyllis' Jerry Nolan Facebook page several times. lol
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Sat May 24, 2014 12:33 pm

My friends, this forum ain't no tabloïd and is not the place to talk about relationship between Jerry Nolan and Phyllis Stein. Private life is private life.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Sun May 25, 2014 12:22 pm

Another review:


“Looking for Johnny” is a new film about Johnny Thunders, directed by Danny Garcia (who also has “The Rise and Fall of the Clash” on his resume). Garcia interviewed various members of the New York punk scene and other musicians that worked with Thunders in this ninety-minute overview of the man’s life. Some of the primary participants in the documentary are Sylvain Sylvain, Marty Thau (who passed away in February of this year), Lenny Kaye, Bob Gruen, and Malcolm McLaren. (Oddly, McLaren participated via a phone interview instead of on film).

Thunders, whose given name was John Anthony Gonzeles, Jr., grew up in Queens with a doting mother, an older sister, and no father. He loved playing baseball as a youngster, but his interests changed after The Beatles hit the scene. He played in high school bands in the late ‘60s and fell into the unit that would become the New York Dolls while still a teenager. His aggressive take on the Chuck Berry/Keith Richards style of guitar riffing would become a major inspiration for ‘70s punk music. In look and demeanor, he was heavily influenced by Keith Richards’ stoned gypsy persona. He developed an unquenchable taste for drugs soon after joining the band. Regarding Thunders’ chronic need to overindulge, Sylvain notes that after the first night that Johnny smoked a joint, the next day he bought a pound of marijuana.

The movie quickly covers Thunders’ childhood and his time with the Dolls. Lenny Kaye and others describe how the Dolls reinvigorated the New York music scene with their highly charged music and shocking stage costumes. It was a chaotic time. While bassist Arthur Kane was often too drunk to perform, Thunders and drummer Jerry Nolan became heroin addicts. After two brilliant but commercially unsuccessful albums, the Dolls were dropped by Mercury Records. Malcolm McLaren then swept in and gave the band a ridiculous Communist party image that thankfully died a quick and merciful death.

Shortly after the Dolls dismembered, Thunders and Nolan formed the Heartbreakers, who couldn’t get a major label deal due to their known drug problems. They recorded one poorly produced album (which included the quintessential punk rock tunes “Born to Lose” and “Chinese Rocks”), but could never get any commercial traction. The band would reform often over the next decade as an easy money gig in the New York area. Nolan and Thunders would alternate between behaving as blood brothers and fighting over band income.

In every clip and interview with Thunders, he seems hopelessly stoned out of his mind. His life and consequently this movie is more of a story about a drug addict than it is a musician. Thunders generated a boyish charm, but he was also a manipulating hustler. In one ugly piece of junkie reality, Bob Gruen relates that Thunders beat up his wife to take her welfare money and then felt victimized when he no longer could contact his children. During the ‘80s, Thunders lived in Europe for extended periods of time and even acted in a few films. By the end of the decade he was a very sick man and he passed away in New Orleans in 1991 at the age of 38.

Like most documentaries, this is a labor of love and director Garcia does a fine job at highlighting the key events in Thunders’ life. However, the limited ability he had for licensing is a shortcoming of the film – most of the music used in the film is clamorous stage footage that doesn’t adequately display Thunders’ skill as a songwriter. The movie would have benefited by participation from David Johansen and Richard Hell (both were contacted but chose not to be interviewed). A glaring oversight is the lack of genuine critical perspective – this is a movie steeped in facts, but almost bereft of any insight into Thunders’ artistic contributions as a guitarist or songwriter. Pardon me for being too cute in my conclusion: Garcia tried to put his arm around a memory, but instead spent too much time digging up Chinese rocks.

Grade – B

http://rocknycliveandrecorded.com/looking-for-johnny-johnny-thunders-documentary-reviewed.html
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Sun May 25, 2014 12:48 pm

TeddyB1018 wrote:

Anyway, I haven't yet seen Danny's film on John so it's silly for me to be commenting.  I hope it does him justice.

Teddy, did you end up going last night anyway?
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Sun May 25, 2014 1:35 pm

All of the incorrect, poorly researched stuff in this review:


  • Oddly, McLaren participated via a phone interview instead of on film (He died four years ago)
  • given name was John Anthony Gonzeles, Jr (Genzale)
  • He developed an unquenchable taste for drugs soon after joining the band (That came much later)
  • They recorded one poorly produced album (As it was stated in the movie - and elsewhere - it was PRESSED poorly)
  • The band would reform often over the next decade as an easy money gig in the New York area (and around the world - like the Marquee footage that was in the movie)
  • most of the music used in the film is clamorous stage footage (there is plenty of JUNGLE stuff, particularly Que Sera Sera)

    And possibly most importantly...
  • ...bereft of any insight into Thunders’ artistic contributions as a guitarist or songwriter (The title of the movie is "Looking for Johnny" - it is about the PERSON, not the musician/guitarist.  How can any reviewer miss the meaning of a movie title?!)


alan wrote:
Another review:


“Looking for Johnny” is a new film about Johnny Thunders, directed by Danny Garcia (who also has “The Rise and Fall of the Clash” on his resume). Garcia interviewed various members of the New York punk scene and other musicians that worked with Thunders in this ninety-minute overview of the man’s life. Some of the primary participants in the documentary are Sylvain Sylvain, Marty Thau (who passed away in February of this year), Lenny Kaye, Bob Gruen, and Malcolm McLaren. (Oddly, McLaren participated via a phone interview instead of on film).

Thunders, whose given name was John Anthony Gonzeles, Jr., grew up in Queens with a doting mother, an older sister, and no father. He loved playing baseball as a youngster, but his interests changed after The Beatles hit the scene. He played in high school bands in the late ‘60s and fell into the unit that would become the New York Dolls while still a teenager. His aggressive take on the Chuck Berry/Keith Richards style of guitar riffing would become a major inspiration for ‘70s punk music. In look and demeanor, he was heavily influenced by Keith Richards’ stoned gypsy persona. He developed an unquenchable taste for drugs soon after joining the band. Regarding Thunders’ chronic need to overindulge, Sylvain notes that after the first night that Johnny smoked a joint, the next day he bought a pound of marijuana.

The movie quickly covers Thunders’ childhood and his time with the Dolls. Lenny Kaye and others describe how the Dolls reinvigorated the New York music scene with their highly charged music and shocking stage costumes. It was a chaotic time. While bassist Arthur Kane was often too drunk to perform, Thunders and drummer Jerry Nolan became heroin addicts. After two brilliant but commercially unsuccessful albums, the Dolls were dropped by Mercury Records. Malcolm McLaren then swept in and gave the band a ridiculous Communist party image that thankfully died a quick and merciful death.

Shortly after the Dolls dismembered, Thunders and Nolan formed the Heartbreakers, who couldn’t get a major label deal due to their known drug problems. They recorded one poorly produced album (which included the quintessential punk rock tunes “Born to Lose” and “Chinese Rocks”), but could never get any commercial traction. The band would reform often over the next decade as an easy money gig in the New York area. Nolan and Thunders would alternate between behaving as blood brothers and fighting over band income.

In every clip and interview with Thunders, he seems hopelessly stoned out of his mind. His life and consequently this movie is more of a story about a drug addict than it is a musician. Thunders generated a boyish charm, but he was also a manipulating hustler. In one ugly piece of junkie reality, Bob Gruen relates that Thunders beat up his wife to take her welfare money and then felt victimized when he no longer could contact his children. During the ‘80s, Thunders lived in Europe for extended periods of time and even acted in a few films. By the end of the decade he was a very sick man and he passed away in New Orleans in 1991 at the age of 38.

Like most documentaries, this is a labor of love and director Garcia does a fine job at highlighting the key events in Thunders’ life. However, the limited ability he had for licensing is a shortcoming of the film – most of the music used in the film is clamorous stage footage that doesn’t adequately display Thunders’ skill as a songwriter. The movie would have benefited by participation from David Johansen and Richard Hell (both were contacted but chose not to be interviewed). A glaring oversight is the lack of genuine critical perspective – this is a movie steeped in facts, but almost bereft of any insight into Thunders’ artistic contributions as a guitarist or songwriter. Pardon me for being too cute in my conclusion: Garcia tried to put his arm around a memory, but instead spent too much time digging up Chinese rocks.

Grade – B

http://rocknycliveandrecorded.com/looking-for-johnny-johnny-thunders-documentary-reviewed.html
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Sun May 25, 2014 7:16 pm

I'm glad I went to the film last night. As other posters said, most of the material we have all seen before but a couple of the interviews were cool. I wish more unreleased footage showed up.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:46 pm

San Francisco Premiere of LOOKING FOR JOHNNY Q&A @ Roxie Theater, 5/27/14

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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:19 am

Wow, they actually did put our names on the credits if we contributed funds. I am at 3:38 kewl. Cool 
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:37 am

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Wow, they actually did put our names on the credits if we contributed funds.  I am at 3:38 kewl. Cool 

Yeah! I'm at 3:51.

Does this mean we are famous?!
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:32 pm

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Scott231 wrote:
Wow, they actually did put our names on the credits if we contributed funds.  I am at 3:38 kewl. Cool 

Yeah! I'm at 3:51.

Does this mean we are famous?!


I couldn't spot mine Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:59 am

San fran Q&A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIofCaGfycs
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:25 pm

Gil wrote:
San Francisco Premiere of LOOKING FOR JOHNNY Q&A @ Roxie Theater, 5/27/14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIofCaGfycs

BTW, James Williamson was in attendance.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:22 am

Gil wrote:
Gil wrote:
San Francisco Premiere of LOOKING FOR JOHNNY Q&A @ Roxie Theater, 5/27/14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIofCaGfycs

BTW, James Williamson was in attendance.

I wish James would do interview about those "Kill City" era days in L.A,
when he was hangin' out with his buddy Thunders and Dolls.
In a recent interview James said that Johnny and him were friends, so
I'd love to hear James tell his story about the Dolls and about his friendship with JT

I think James or Iggy should have been in the doc..


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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:19 am

Very Cool. Glad it was finally released. Saw my name at 5:18. Still need to see the film.
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PostSubject: so   Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:24 pm

what do you think of the movie? 
pro and cons?
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:44 am

Update from Danny on FB :

Danny Garcia wrote:
TONIGHT Looking for Johnny in Barcelona!!!

And to everyone who contributed PLEASE BE PATIENT, you will all get your perks sent via Jungle Records when everything is ready. We've had a couple of issues with some photography and parts of the score but we're good to go so it shouldn't be long now. Thanks again to all of you. LAMF!
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:59 am

Razorback wrote:
Update from Danny on FB :

Danny Garcia wrote:
TONIGHT Looking for Johnny in Barcelona!!!

And to everyone who contributed PLEASE BE PATIENT, you will all get your perks sent via Jungle Records when everything is ready. We've had a couple of issues with some photography and parts of the score but we're good to go so it shouldn't be long now. Thanks again to all of you. LAMF!
Hahaha,I also saw my name Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:02 am

MVD Entertainment Grp has posted the re-edited trailer ( they cut out Antonia from the trailer and replaced few photos) on their website, so it seems that yeah..we are finally getting the DVD's.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCHkU1ZXvTU&list=UUijIeSnftzkcnHLXVAHxtjA
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:02 am

alan wrote:
MVD Entertainment Grp has posted the re-edited trailer ( they cut out Antonia from the trailer and replaced few photos) on their website, so it seems that yeah..we are finally getting the DVD's.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCHkU1ZXvTU&list=UUijIeSnftzkcnHLXVAHxtjA
Okay it's about time!  Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Release details   Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:26 am

Available to the public 7 October, pre-release sale starts September 2.
http://mvdb2b.com/s/JohnnyThundersLookingForJohnnyTheLegendOfJohnnyThunders/MVD6544D
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:04 am








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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:28 am

Finally!

Hey, did you see this at the end of the announcement?

Limited red 2LP vinyl is due for November 24: FREUDLP116

A double-LP soundtrack album will be released in November, in a numbered, limited edition, exclusively on red vinyl. An official 'Black Friday' Record Store Day release. Cat. no. FREUDLP116.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:39 pm

Yes, I saw that.... cd release is scheduled for January.

http://mvdb2b.com/s/JohnnyThundersLookingForJohnnyOriginalSoundtrack/FREUDCD116
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PostSubject: Re: Looking For Johnny - A movie by Danny Garcia   Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:22 pm

since no one seems to write anything about the movie, it must be said. Looking for johnny is a decent movie, nothing else, no interesting footage, no good interviews and nothing new whatsoever that you can'tread in any rocklexicon. Looking for johnny? he didn't find him.
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