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Is Arthur Kane A Mormon?
The short answer to this question is no, Arthur Kane was not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon Church. Born in New York City in 1949, Kane was a punk musician, known primarily for his work as the bassist for the band The New York Dolls.
In his early years, Kane was a typical punk kid, rebelling against his parents and indulging in the excesses of the punk scene. He cut his teeth in the famed New York punk clubs of the early 70s, playing alongside the likes of Johnny Thunders and the Stooges. But despite the wild lifestyle he exhibited in his music, Kane was by all accounts a gentle, bookish man who loved animals and even religion.
The question of whether or not Kane was a Mormon, however, is something that remains a mystery. While Kane was known to have an affinity for religious texts—he was known to carry a Bible in his back pocket—there is no concrete evidence to suggest he was a Mormon. It’s possible that Kane had a spiritual connection to the church, or that he simply enjoyed reading religious texts, but there is no evidence to suggest he ever fully embraced the faith.
To further add to the mystery, Kane was known to have had a strong interest in the occult. He was reportedly fascinated by the works of Aleister Crowley and would often talk about the occult with friends. The combination of his interest in religion and the occult could be a sign that Kane was exploring different belief systems, but it also doesn’t provide any concrete evidence as to whether or not he was actually a Mormon.
In the end, the question of whether or not Arthur Kane was a Mormon will likely remain unanswered. While his interest in religious texts and his preoccupation with the occult may suggest that he had an affinity for spiritual pursuits, it appears unlikely that he was ever fully committed to a single faith. Kane was, after all, a punk rocker, and the very nature of punk music is to reject rules, conventions, and labels—including religious ones. Kane himself seemed to embrace this ethos, and it is his commitment to that punk identity that is likely to remain his most enduring legacy.