Americana

Americana

The Kinks, the Riff, the Road : the Story

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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.
Publisher: New York : Sterling, c2013
ISBN: 9781402778919
1402778910
Branch Call Number: B DAVIES
Characteristics: 311 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,24 cm

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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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