New York Dolls debut studio album by American hard rock band the New York Dolls, was released on July 27, 1973, by Mercury Records. The band formed in 1971 and developed a following while playing regularly in lower Manhattan. However, they were unappealing to record companies because of their onstage cross-dressing and vulgarity, while most record producers were reluctant to work with them. For shock value, the band was photographed in exaggerated drag on the album cover.
New York Dolls received widespread acclaim from critics when it was first released but sold poorly and had a divisive effect on listeners. Despite its commercial failure, the album was an influential precursor to the 1970s punk rock movement and has since been named in various publications as one of the greatest debut records in rock music and one of the greatest albums of all time.
the now classic and history making images were shot by BOB GRUEN