Nina Antonia

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Portrait of Nina Antonia by CJ

Nina Antonia (born 1960 in Liverpool) is an English music journalist and author. She has written articles and books about Peter Doherty, Johnny Thunders, the New York Dolls, The Only Ones and a glam memoir entitled 'The Prettiest Star'. She has also contributed to Classic Rock, Mojo & Uncut as well penning liner notes for a variety of artists including Lou Reed, Nico, The Stooges, Vince Taylor, Link Wray and Wanda Jackson.

An in-depth critique of Nina's work by Jay Clifton was featured in 'Nude' magazine in their Summer 2009 edition,in which Clifton commented 'The special value of Nina's oeuvre lies not so much in her subjects, but in her personal commitment to both the documentation of them and a search for the truth about both their character and their cultural significance. Like the best writers, she begins from personal fascinations. But with a balance of personal feelings and objective contemplation, combined with a fluid literary style, she writes books that resonate beyond the parameters of the surface material.'

A selection of her work can be found on Rock's Back Pages.

Nina appeared in the Sundance nominated documentary 'Arthur Kane – New York Doll' alongside Mick Jones, Chrissie Hynde and Iggy Pop. She also participated in the 2014 documentary 'Looking For Johnny'. Made by Danny Garcia, 'Looking for Johnny' is a poignant yet celebratory look at the life and times of Johnny Thunders as told by his friends and co-musicians.

Nina's first book 'Johnny Thunders – In Cold Blood' which has been in print for over 25 years, was hailed by the New Musical Express as 'Gorgeously Sordid' and awarded four stars. In 2012, the book was optioned along with Antonia's life story to a Hollywood production company. On 30/10/2013, Hollywood Reporter announced the attachment of director Alexander Soskin to the project.

In July 2014, Thin Man Press published 'From Albion to Shangri-La' by Peter Doherty, edited by Antonia who transcribed the content from Doherty's hand-written journals. Doherty penned the preface to the book in which he remarked, 'Seen Nina write, she riots'. International Times celebrated Antonia's contribution in a review: 'Nina Antonia, Peter Doherty's understanding editor and literary soulmate...aids and abets his literary rebellion'[1].

In December 2014, Antonia's classic 'The One and Only: Peter Perrett, Homme Fatale' will be re-published by Thin Man Press.

Selected works[edit]

  • Johnny Thunders...In Cold Blood (Cherry Red Books, 1987)
  • The One and Only: Peter Perrett, Homme Fatale (SAF Publishing, 1996)
  • The New York Dolls – Too Much Too Soon (Omnibus Press, 2005)
  • The Prettiest Star: Whatever Happened to Brett Smiley (SAF Publishing, 2006)
  • From Albion to Shangri-La (Transcribed and edited by Antonia) by Peter Doherty (Thin Man Press, 2014)

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