Classic Rock 7-page Johnny Thunders feature (posted by Harry)

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johnny thunders

Classic Rock June issue – 7 page feature on Johnny Thunders

Written by Ian Fortnam

He was the New York Doll-turned-junkie poster boy who had it all and threw it away.
 Now, 20 years after Johnny Thunders’s death, the friends, lovers, bandmates and
           people who knew him best reveal the man behind the myth.

“April 29, 1991. A leaden grey sky hangs oppressively over St. Anastasia’s Roman Catholic Church on 245th St, Queens, as friends and lovers, united in grief, gather to pay their final respects to John Genzale husband, brother, son and father. Mariann Bracken has lost the prodigal kid brother she’d introduced to the New York City melodramas of the Shangri-Las when he was just a fresh-faced altar boy. Leee Black Childers is inconsolable – the former manager of the deceased fainted when informed of his death – unable to imagine life without the man he was “totally” in love with. Susanne Blomqvist, only now realising the true depth of sacrifice her life partner made when he walked out of the home they shared with their infant daughter for the last time, absently registers the names on the cards of the numerous floral tributes piled on the back of a black El Camino: Deborah Harry, Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith – a stark reminder of Genzale’s other life, the one that always seemed to get in the way of their ephemeral moments of domestic bliss.”

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