Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story

Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story

by Ray Davies


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ISBN-13: 9781402778919
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Iconic rock legend Ray Davies inspired generations of musicians—from the Who, the Clash, and the Ramones to Black Sabbath—as lead singer and songwriter of the Kinks. The band's string of top ten international hits include “You Really Got Me,” “All Day and All of the Night,” “Till the End of the Day,” “Come Dancing,” and of course, “Lola.” In 1990, the Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Davies has also acted, directed, and produced shows for theater and television. Since the Kinks disbanded he has embarked on a solo career and continues to tour and record. Davies was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2014, and his Kinks-themed stage musical, Sunny Afternoon, is now playing on the West End in London and crowned best new musical at the Olivier Awards in April 2015. It also won Oliviers for best actor and best supporting actor in the musical category, and Ray Davies received a special outstanding achievement award for the Sunny Afternoon score.

Table of Contents

Preface viii

Opener: New Orleans 1

1 The Empty Room 4

2 Wings of Fantasy 22

3 The Fake World 36

4 The Invaders 42

5 Americana 50

6 The Big Weird 69

7 Thanksgiving Day 77

8 Celluloid Heroes 97

9 Life on the Road: Diary of 1077 113

10 Sleepwalker 125

11 The Big Guys 140

12 Misfits 148

13 Low Budget 160

14 Better Things 173

15 Unknown Purple 182

16 The Morning After 190

17 State of Confusion 208

18 After the Fall 229

19 Scattered 234

20 Phobia 248

21 Still Searchin' 252

22 Over My Head 263

23 Storyteller 271

24 The Voodoo Walk 281

25 A Street Called Hope 287

Epilogue: Security 296

Index 301

Credits 311

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Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A musician myself (for 50+ years), it was difficult to put this book down. Not only is Ray Davies a master of diverse song (and prose) writing skills, he is a classic example of a true "British Gentleman". I was truely impressed by his sincere humble perspective on his life in a world of so many egocentric artists, quick to place themselves "on a pedestal". I was sorry to finish this book. I could have read a thousand more pages of Mr. Davies' eloquent writings. He is truely among my most iconic idols (musical and otherwise), and a "class act" to say the least. GOD SAVE THE KINKS!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My prejudice is that I love the music of the Kinks and Ray Davies. Mr. Davies clearly is one of the best song writers to come out of the British Invasion. However, his ability to turn a tune often doesn't translate into the best prose. While he is very fluent with the language, the jumpiness from topic to topic creates a lack of flow. I enjoyed it more than X-Ray where everything is veiled by its semi-fictionalized main character. Ray had a chance here to really open up and reveal more not only about himself but fellow band members, particularly Dave, the "ban" of the late 60s and the slow dissolution of the Kinks. He does reveal quite a bit about his insecurities, but you can sense that a lot in his song lyrics. He truly is an "Imaginary Man" to cite one of his more recent compositions. Still love you though Ray!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago