X-Ray: The Unauthorized Autobiography

X-Ray: The Unauthorized Autobiography

by Ray Davies
     
 

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This subversively brilliant, one-of-a-kind rock autobiography ingeniously styled as a biography, is written to capture the essence of Ray Davies, lead singer and songwriter of the Kinks and one of the greatest rock and rollers of all time. Part autobiography, part social history, part psychological thriller, this elusive and daring book exposes rock stardom as the…  See more details below

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This subversively brilliant, one-of-a-kind rock autobiography ingeniously styled as a biography, is written to capture the essence of Ray Davies, lead singer and songwriter of the Kinks and one of the greatest rock and rollers of all time. Part autobiography, part social history, part psychological thriller, this elusive and daring book exposes rock stardom as the heaven, hell and purgatory it is.

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Library Journal
In this unique "unauthorized autobiography," Kinks singer and songwriter Davies casts himself as an eccentric old man some 20 years hence who is asked to tell his life story to a young interviewer working for a world-ruling conglomerate called "The Corporation." Eventually, the Orwellian subplot is overshadowed by Davies's very personal account of his band's many rises and falls. Like his songs, Davies's book is alternately poignant, funny, and bawdy-and his penchant for shocking his "interviewer" with tales of rock star excess leaves the reader never quite sure what to take as fact. Though the band is still active, some will be disappointed that Davies only takes the Kinks's story through 1973. The novel aspect is too thin to interest speculative fiction readers, but X-Ray is indispensable for Kinks fans and recommended for anyone interested in 1960s pop music. Recommended for subject collections.-Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., Cal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585679393
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
588,080
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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