Johnny Thunders

Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale, Jr (July 15, 1952 - April 23, 1991), was an American rock and roll guitarist and singer, first with the New York Dolls, the proto-punk glam rockers of the early '70s. During the late '70s, he was a familiar figure on the New York punk scene, both with The Heartbreakers and as a solo artist.


  • A lot of people don't think they can count on me, but I've never missed a gig in my life.
  • A lot of people take me seriously because of the things they read about me. Maybe they wanted to sell more records.
  • A lot of people want to die for a lot of reasons.
  • Heroin doesn't affect my musical life at all.
  • I always get harassed by the police.
  • I don't eat cereal actually... Frosted Flakes... that's as close as I can get.
  • I met Sable when she was 15 and I was 18. I sent her home to New York while we carried on the tour. When we got back the police were looking for her at the airport and everywhere!
  • I take smack because I enjoy it. I enjoy all it makes me feel. I don't do it to be in with the in crowd. I can rock out with it.
  • I was in Sweden for 10 days. They put me on the front page of the daily papers eight days in a row. I did nothing to warrant any of the attention. It was ridiculous!
  • I wouldn't change a thing -- except my bank balance.
  • I'm gonna try to be cured. I've been on heroin eight years and I want to try a different style of life. It made me split up from my wife. It ruined a lot of things for me.
  • I've got three boys. They look like me. They're called Dino, Guido and Little Johnny. They're my whole life. They mean more to me than music.
  • I've never been so happy in my life.
  • It went out in Paris that I died three times. It was in all the papers. Your guess is as good as mine where it came from.
  • It's something I have no regrets about, but it's not something that I'll do forever.
  • Many people love me, many people hate me - there's nobody in between. That's the way I prefer it.
  • Me and Jerry left because we felt we weren't getting anywhere playing our old songs in tiny clubs. The group was getting stale and staying behind the times.
  • No one really knows me. People think they know me.
  • The Lower East Side is really heavy nowadays. A lot of murders, people getting ripped off and knifed. It's really dangerous.
  • The Dolls were an attitude. If nothing else they were a great attitude.
  • We did a TV show and they thought I was too messed up and wouldn't show it. That started the ball rolling with the press. They started following me.
  • We get picked up in these Rolls Royces and get three miles down the highway and five cop cars pull us over.
  • We'll establish ourselves here, get a reputation, and then go back to the States and see if they've grown up a little.
  • What does the industry understand?

External linksEdit

Wikipedia has an article about:
Last modified on 15 April 2014, at 12:49