Report: Martin Scorsese to co-direct Showtime documentary on New York Dolls frontman David Johansen

STATEN ISLAND, NY– Martin Scorsese returns to the director’s chair sooner than you think.

The “Goodfellas” and “Taxi Driver” director announced on Tuesday that he will co-direct, co-direct and executive produce a feature documentary featuring David Johansen, a lead member of rock band New York Dolls for Showtime.

Artists Rick Derringer, David Johansen and fellow Staten Islander Earl Slick perform at the Tribute Concert which culminates with Chuck Berry’s Anointing as 17th American Music Master on Saturday October 27, 2012 at the State Theater in Cleveland . (Joshua Gunter / The Ordinary Merchant)

“I’ve known David Johansen for decades, and his music has been a touchstone since I first listened to the Dolls when I was doing ‘Mean Streets’,” Scorsese said in a statement. “Then and now David’s music captures the energy and excitement of New York City. I often see him on stage and over the years I have come to know the depth of his musical inspirations. After seeing his show last year at Café Carlyle, I knew I had to film it because it was so amazing to see the development of his life and his musical talent in such an intimate setting. For me, the show captured the true emotional potential of a live music experience. “

The film would follow Johansen’s arrival in New York’s East Village in the late 1960s and the start of his musical career in the 1970s as the lead singer of punk / glam pioneers the New York Dolls, as well. as his role in the revival of swing as Buster Poindexter in the 1980s and in the blues as part of the Harry Smiths in the 1990s.

Johansen, 70, is from Staten Island and grew up in West Brighton. The New York Dolls were an American hard rock band formed in New York in 1971. Known as one of the early groups in the punk rock scene, the New York Dolls are best known for their song “Personality Crisis”.

David Johansen (right) plays Stapleton’s Wave Street in 1980 (Staten Island Advance / Steve Zaffarano)Staff-Shot

The band aside, Johansen has enjoyed some solo success in the music industry. His alter ego, Buster Poindexter, and the hit “Hot Hot Hot” marked his career as an influential artist. He used to perform in hot spots on Staten Island, including the Stapleton Redspot bar.

In 2010, Johansen presented a solo show at the St. George Theater.

This is not the first time that Scorsese has directed a film based on influential musicians. The director has already worked on films including “Woodstock” from 1971, “The Last Waltz” with The Band “,” Shine a Light “with the Rolling Stones”, “George Harrision: Living in the Material World”, which won two Emmys and “Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story”.

Scorsese won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Feature for Dylan’s film “No Direction Home”. The director is also known for directing “The Irishman”, released on Netflix, which was filmed in Staten Island in 2017.

There is no published timeline for the project, co-directed by David Tedeschi. Scorsese and Sikelia Productions will produce with Brian Grazer, Rick Yorn, Mara Hennessey, Ron Howard and Imagine Documentaries.

David Johansen with Vernon Reid and Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber perform at the Neptune Ball 2016 at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Livingston. (Staten Island Advance / Rob Bailey)

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