Stranded in the Jungle

Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride – A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock

Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author: Curt Weiss

Here is the story of an often overlooked, one-of-a-kind rock 'n' roll musician and the historic times he lived in. In spite of numerous opportunities for success, he became a tragedy.

Jerry Nolan came out of New York in the 1970s as part of two of the most influential and infamous bands of the time, the proto-punk New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers. Jerry had what it took to be a star, but his battles with heroin continually stymied his career and ultimately ended his life. Despite this, he is remembered as a cross between a Martin Scorsese film character and jazz legend Gene Krupa: a stylish, urban, wisecracking, trendsetting raconteur, who was also a powerhouse drummer.

Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride – A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock tells Jerry's story through extensive research and interviews with those closest to him: bandmates, friends, lovers, and family members, including new interviews with members of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Blondie. It gives firsthand accounts of not only Jerry's life and struggles but the earliest history of punk rock in both New York and London, highlighting his notorious and incendiary musical partner, Johnny Thunders.

$24.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00152728
ISBN: 9781495050817
UPC: 888680094379
Width: 6.0"
Length: 9.0"
320 pages


“Mr. Weiss has done a more than commendable job – to be able to be thorough, deliver the facts without sugarcoating the ugliness of the story's foucs and keeping it interesting. For someone who I'd never given much thought to, Jerry Nolan's story is a can't-put-it-down kind of read.” – Rob Ross, PopDose

Stranded In The Jungle paints a compelling picture of a man who was arguably one of the most underrated drummers in American rock music and who was, at the same time, a deeply depressingly flawed human being who saw many of his friends and peers pass him by.” – Dying Scene

“Get a copy of this book, and read it with New York Dolls, Too Much Too Soon, and L.A.M.F. playing in the background, as I did; great read, Curt Weiss.” – Punk Globe

“That story, and the short life of the Heartbreakers, formed with fellow ex-Doll Johnny Thunders, flash by-sensibly, Curtis opts to focus more on Nolan's personal life than simply recounting those bands' day-to-day existence; but it is when the Heartbreakers are placed in the rear view mirror that the book truly comes to life.” – Dave Thompson

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