On this day 40 years ago, the New York Dolls broke up after a couple of tempestuous but influential years. Here they are in 1973 performing “Chatterbox,” featuring guitarist Johnny Thunders on vocals.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.