Ray Davies: Not Like Everybody Else / Edition 1

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Overview

Ray Davies: Not Like Everybody Else is a critical biography of Ray Davies, with a focus on his music and his times. The book studies Davies’ work from the Kinks’ first singles through his 2006 solo album, from his rock musicals in the early 1970s to his one-man stage show in the 1990s, and from his films to his autobiography. Based on interviews with his closest associates, as well as studies of the recordings themselves, this book creates the most thorough picture of Davies’ work to date. Kitts situates Davies’ work in the context of the British Invasion and the growth of rock in the '60s and '70s, and in the larger context of English cultural history. For fans of rock music and the music of the Kinks, this book is a must have. It will finally place this legendary innovator in the pantheon of the great rock artists of the past half-century.

Thomas M. Kitts, Professor of English and Chair of the Division of English/Speech at St. John’s University, NY, is the co-editor of Living on a Thin Line: Crossing Aesthetic Borders with The Kinks, the author of The Theatrical Life of George Henry Boker, articles on American literature and popular culture, reviews of books, CDs, and performances, and a play Gypsies. He is the book review editor of Popular Music and Society and the editor of The Mid-Atlantic Almanack.

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"Thomas Kitts has done a great job...[his] book is highly recommended for Kinks and Ray Davies Fans, and everybody else!" —New York Waste
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415977692
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 724,418
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas M. Kitts, Professor of English and Chair of the Division of English/Speech at St. John’s University, NY, is the co-editor of Living on a Thin Line: Crossing Aesthetic Borders with The Kinks, the author of The Theatrical Life of George Henry Boker, articles on American literature and popular culture, reviews of books, CDs, and performances, and a play Gypsies. He is the book review editor of Popular Music and Society and the editor of The Mid-Atlantic Almanack.

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Table of Contents


Figures     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Not Like Everybody Else: the shaping of Ray Davies, part I     1
Something Better Beginning: the shaping of Ray Davies, part II     18
You Really Got Me: finding a sound and a theme     35
A Well Respected Man: satirist, ironist, and social commentator     57
Waterloo Sunset: the Romantic imagination of Ray Davies     82
The Village Green Preservation Society: time, place, and identity     102
Arthur: world wars and class culture     126
A Long Way from Home: competing identities     145
Here Comes Flash: the rock musicals     170
Juke Box Music: alienation and love     187
Think Visual: TV, CD, and stage     213
20th Century Man: the 1990s and beyond     233
Conclusion     252
My twenty-five favorite Ray Davies songs     255
My ten favorite Kinks/Ray Davies albums (including compilations and live albums)     256
Notes     257
References     278
Index     286
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