Looking For Johnny - the legend of Johnny Thunders

Looking For Johnny posterLooking For Johnny - the legend of Johnny Thunders

CHIP BAKER films in association with JUNGLE RECORDS presents a DANNY GARCIA FILM:
  
a documentary on the life of the late New York Dolls and Heartbreakers guitarist

Johnny Thunders was the legendary hard-living rock’n’roll guitarist who inspired glam-metal, punk and the music scene in general.  
‘Looking For Johnny’ is a 90-minute film that documents Thunders' career from his beginnings to his tragic death in 1991.

When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991, he left behind a mystery. Though MTV and international broadsheets reported the guitarist’s demise, for many in the mainstream, Thunders was perceived as an enigmatic outlaw. He was adored by a legion of devotees and cited as an influence by at least three successive generations of musicians. Thunders refused to play the corporate game and was both elevated and damned for it.

‘Looking for Johnny’ is the creation of the documentary maker, Danny Garcia (‘The Rise & Fall of The Clash’). The young Spanish filmmaker was seized by a question that wouldn’t let go – "just who was Johnny Thunders?"  He spent 18 months travelling across the USA and Europe, filming interviews with fifty of the people who were closest to Johnny, building a compelling narrative drawn from first hand testimonies.

The film examines Johnny Thunders’ career from the early 70's as a founding member of the influential New York Dolls, the birth of the punk scene with The Heartbreakers in both New York City and London, and later incarnations including Gang War and The Oddballs. It also explores Johnny’s unique musical style, his personal battle with drugs and theories on the circumstances of his death in a New Orleans hotel in 1991 at age 38.

Interviewees include Sylvain Sylvain, Lenny Kaye, Walter Lure, Billy Rath, Bob Gruen, Terry Chimes, Alan Vega, Peter Perrett, Sami Yaffa, BP Fallon, three of his late managers: Marty Thau, Leee Black Childers and Malcolm McLaren, and many others.

The film includes forty songs with historic film of Johnny with live performances from all periods, including unseen New York Dolls and Heartbreakers footage and photos. Cult filmmakers Bob Gruen, Don Letts, Patrick Grandperret, Rachael Amadeo and others contribute classic archive footage, helping illustrate the charisma, chaos and heartbreak inherent to the guitarist.

Premiere showings took place in May and June 2014 across USA and Europe, including New York City, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Stockholm, New Orleans, Dallas, Toronto, Boston, Washington DC, Gloucester MA, San Francisco, Madrid, Barcelona and elsewhere, with more events to follow. 

Now a second leg of screenings is being arranged starting in September 2014.  See below for details and Facebook and websites for updates.

The film will be issued in October 2014 on DVD and digital services.  Distributed in North America by MVD.  Cat no. MVD6544D.

WATCH THE TRAILER!

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.

www.facebook.com/lookingforjohnny      www.chipbakerfilms.com 

 

The new, second leg of screenings:

UK

SEPT 6 - HASTINGS  Trash Cannes Festival, with Vic Godard and the New York Dollies. www.trashcannesfestival.co.uk

SEPT 13 - LONDON W11  Portobello Film Festival www.portobellofilmfestival.com

SEPT 26-28 - LONDON E8  Doc'n'Roll Film Festival, Hackney Picturehouse www.docnrollfestival.com

FRANCE

SEPT 7 - PARIS  L'Etrange Film Festival  www.etrangefestival.com

SEPT 9 - PARIS  L'Etrange Film Festival  www.etrangefestival.com

USA

SEPT 19-21 - BROOKLYN, NY  Coney Island Film Festival  www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com

BRAZIL

OCT 8 - SAO PAULO  details tba

 

The previous, first leg of live screenings worldwide earlier in 2014:

USA
MAY 3 – CHICAGO  CIMM Festival  www.cimmfest.org 
MAY 5 – NEW YORK CITY  Anthology + New York Junk (live)  www.anthologyfilmarchives.org Tickets:https://lookingforjohnny.eventbrite.com

CANADA
MAY 9 – TORONTO  Canadian Music Week  www.cmw.net/film/

USA
MAY 11 – BOSTON  Regent Theatre +The Daughters (live) www.regenttheatre.com 
MAY 15 – GLOUCESTER, MA  Cape Ann Cinema www.capeanncinema.com 
MAY 16 - PHILADELPHIA, PA  PhilaMOCA  www.brownpapertickets.com

MAY 17 – WASHINGTON DC  Gala Theatre  www.galatheatre.org 
MAY 22 – NEW ORLEANS  Zeitgeist  www.zeitgeistinc.net 
MAY 23 – DALLAS  Texas Theatre  www.thetexastheatre.com 
MAY 24 – LOS ANGELES Downtown Independent www.downtownindependent.com  Tickets: www.lethalamounts.com
MAY 27 – SAN FRANCISCO  Roxie Theatre  www.roxie.com

MAY 28 - OAKLAND  Uptown Nightclub  www.uptownnightclub.com

UK
JUNE 5 – LONDON  Prince Charles Cinema  www.princecharlescinema.com

SWEDEN
JUNE 7 – STOCKHOLM  Bio Rio  www.biorio.se
JUNE 8 – STOCKHOLM  Bio Rio  www.biorio.se
JUNE 10 – LUND  Biografen Kino  http://kino.nu

JUNE 11 – GOTHENBURG  Film Roy  www.fhp.nu/Roy

GREECE

JUNE 21 - ATHENS  Mikrokosmos Theatre  www.mikrokosmos.gr  (Nina Antonia will be in Athens for what is now a book reading event.)

SPAIN
JUNE 27 – MADRID  Transmissions Festival  www.transmissionsfestival.com 

NORWAY

JUNE 28 - OSLO  Vanguard Oslo  www.tigernet.no

SPAIN

JULY 5 – BARCELONA  Transmissions Festival  www.transmissionsfestival.com

with more to be announced.

 

***Here below are director Danny Garcia and Jungle's Alan Hauser interviewed by Simone Marie (Primal Scream etc) on her 'Naked Lunch' show for the brand new and very cool Soho Radio, broadcasting live from Piccadilly.

Recorded on 4th June 2014 just before the London LFJ premiere, it's a 2-hour Johnny Thunders special; the guests arrive just after the first hour.

 

Naked Lunch Ep 4 by Soho Radio on Mixcloud

 
 
And here's Johnny Thunders biographer Nina Antonia the following week, chatting with Simone Marie (in between great music) about her writings on Johnny, The Only Ones, Nico, Pete Doherty and much more: -
 

 

 

Naked Lunch - Ep 6 by Soho Radio on Mixcloud