The Kinks, the Riff, the Road : the Story

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Quintessentially English rock legend Ray Davies of the Kinks takes us on a personal road trip through his life and career and reveals what music, fame, and America really mean to him. With candor, humor, and wit, Davies explores his long love-hate relationship and experiences with the country—from participating in the British Invasion to surviving a near-fatal shooting; from being part of one of the most iconic rock bands in history, to his solo success.

As a boy in post-War England, legendary Kinks' singer/songwriter Ray Davies fell in love with America—its movies and music, its culture of freedom, fed his imagination. Then, as part of the British Invasion, he toured the US with the Kinks during one of the most tumultuous eras in recent history—until the Kinks group was banned from performing there from 1965-69. Many tours and trips later, while living in New Orleans, he experienced a transformative event: the shooting (a result of a botched robbery) that nearly took his life. In Americana, Davies tries to make sense of his long love-hate relationship with the country that both inspired and frustrated him. From his quintessentially English perspective as a Kink, Davies—with candor, humor, and wit—takes us on a very personal road trip through his life and storied career as a rock star, and reveals what music, fame, and America really mean to him. Some of the most fascinating characters in recent pop culture make appearances, from the famous to the perhaps even-more-interesting behind-the-scenes players. The book also includes a photographic insert with images from Davies's own collection from the band's archive.

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The British Invasion musician discusses his love/hate relationship with America, from his first U.S. tour in the early 1960s to being nearly murdered during a botched robbery in New Orleans in 2004.

Publisher: New York, NY : Sterling Publishing, [2013]
ISBN: 9781402778919
Branch Call Number: Biography D288d
Characteristics: 311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Kinks, the riff, the road


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Dec 31, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. Very well written and very interesting. Makes me want to spend the day listening to all their albums.


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