Ray Davies

Not Like Everybody Else

Author: Thomas M. Kitts

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135867941

Category: Music

Page: 320

View: 6827


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.

Ray Davies

A Complicated Life

Author: Johnny Rogan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1847923313

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 768

View: 7935


NOW UPDATED WITH A NEW EPILOGUE In the summer of 1964, aged twenty, Ray Davies led the Kinks to fame with their number one hit ‘You Really Got Me’. Within months, they were established among the pop elite, swamped by fans and fast becoming renowned for the rioting at their gigs. But Ray’s journey from working-class Muswell Hill to the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame was tumultuous in the extreme, featuring breakdowns, bitter lawsuits, spectacular punch-ups and a ban from entering the USA. His relationship with his brother Dave is surely the most ferocious and abusive in music history. Based on countless interviews conducted over several decades, this richly detailed and revelatory biography presents the most frank and intimate portrait yet of Ray Davies.

X-Ray: The Unauthorized Autobiography

Author: Ray Davies

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1468302388

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 3817


The shocking and edgy memoirs of a dedicated enemy of fashion and the lead singer of The Kinks. This subversively brilliant, one-of-a-kind rock autobiography ingeniously styled as a biography, is written by a nameless, faceless writer hired by an Orwellian entity called "the Corporation" 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. The Kinks front man reveals his life and times to the young writer, often seemingly passing his stories directly into the writer's consciousness. Carnaby Street, "Top of the Pops," the Cavern Club, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and other fixtures of the times fade in and out of this compelling narrative. Part autobiography, part social history, part psychological thriller, this elusive and daring book exposes rock stardom as the heaven, hell, and purgatory it is.


The Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff

Author: Ray Davies

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753550326

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 3657


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. In Americana, Davies tries to make sense of his long love-hate relationship with the country that both inspires and frustrates him, and where he nearly lost his life in a street shooting. Some of the most fascinating characters in pop culture and the British Invasion make appearances, from the famous to the behind-the-scenes players. The book is interspersed with lyrics and also includes photographs from Davies's own collection and the Kinks’ archive. From his quintessentially English perspective, Davies – with candour, humour, 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.

Waterloo Sunset


Author: Ray Davies

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 9780786865352

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 1565


The creative force behind the '60s superband, The Kinks, offers his debut collection of short stories.


Author: Ray Davies

Publisher: Overlook

ISBN: 9780715637517

Category: Autobiography

Page: 419

View: 1142


"The acclaimed rock-n-roll memoir from the legendary lead singer of The Kinks"--Cover.

Isle of Noises

Conversations with great British songwriters

Author: Daniel Rachel

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447226801

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 7718


Isle of Noises features brand-new, exclusive, in-depth conversations with twenty-seven of the UK's greatest living musicians. Artists discuss their individual approach to writing, the inspiration behind their most successful songs, and the techniques and methods they have independently developed. It is an incredible musical journey spanning fifty years, from 'Waterloo Sunset' by Ray Davies to 'The Beast' by Laura Marling, with many lyrical and melodic secrets revealed along the way. Original handwritten lyrics from personal archives and notebooks (many never-before-seen) offer a unique glimpse into the heart of the creative process, and some of the greatest names in photography, including Jill Furmanovsky, Pennie Smith and Sheila Rock, have contributed stunning portraits of each artist. The combination of individual personal insights and the breadth and depth of knowledge in their collected experience makes Isle of Noises the essential word on classic British songwriting - as told by the songwriters themselves.

Davies and Penhall's Sunny Afternoon

Author: John Fleming

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1315294680


Page: N.A

View: 9968


When 'You Really Got Me' exploded on Swinging London in 1964, the Kinks forever changed the course of rock 'n' roll. Ray Davies and Joe Penhall's Olivier Award-winning Sunny Afternoon (2014) covers the band's formative years of 1964-7, when four working- class North London lads broke through to become one of the most unlikely and influential rock bands of the 1960s. Mixing the comic adventures of 'Dave the Rave' with the touching introspection of Ray's sometimes fragile psyche, Joe Penhall's script weaves Ray Davies' songs, both the hits and lesser-known works, into one of the finest jukebox musicals of the new millennium. Drawing on a wealth of background material, John Fleming examines the blend of events and songs selected, reconsidering the relationship between biography and drama to shed new light on the Kinks and the musical that tells their story.

The Kinks: Die Story

Author: Nick Hasted

Publisher: Bosworth Music

ISBN: 0857128914

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 88

View: 9492


The Kinks are the quintessential British sixties band, revered for an incredible series of classic songs (You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, and Lola to name but a few) and critically acclaimed albums. Featuring original interviews with key band members Ray Davies, his brother Dave and Mick Avory, as well as Chrissie Hynde and many others close to the group, every stage of their career is covered in fascinating detail: the hits, the American successes of the 1970s and the legendary band in-fighting. Nearly 50 years after they formed, The Kinks influence is still being felt today as strongly as ever.

The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music

From Adele to Ziggy, the Real A to Z of Rock and Roll

Author: Dylan Jones

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480448729

Category: Music

Page: 900

View: 5565


There are dozens of music encyclopedias, and many are full of career minutiae and critical acuity They’re also obsessively objective and pathologically comprehensive. The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music is a book that springs from personal prejudice. Celebrated journalist Dylan Jones works his way through the work of over three hundred fifty of the most important artists in the world—alive and dead, big and small, at length and in brief. From A Tribe Called Quest to Frank Zappa, via Chet Baker, the Clash, Brian Eno, and Gorillaz, with a nod to Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Tame Impala, and Scott Walker. Along the way he discusses the White Man’s Overbite, Aquacrunk, Air Snare, the Brill Building, doo wop, Eel Pie Island, funeral music, and Neurotic Boy Outsiders. Many of the people here have been included because they’re intriguing, and many more because it would have been perverse not to include them. Others are here for different reasons. We know that Julian Lennon will never have as much cultural resonance as his father, but as the child of one of the most influential entertainers of the twentieth century, his story is no less fascinating. And Lloyd Cole might not have built a career as sturdy as Leonard Cohen’s, yet as a tale of unfilled promise, his CV is second to none. “As a critic, the music you like completely informs any objectivity you might attempt about a particular artist—if you’re seeking communion with something, how can you not have an opinion about it? When music moves you, it makes you dizzy, and you’ve got every right to dismiss music that leaves you cold and unmoved. Yes, you might trust the judgment of those whose opinion you respect, but in the end, personal prejudice has to win out.” The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music is the most opinionated book about music you will ever read.


Mein Leben

Author: Chrissie Hynde

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641185998

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 2856


Eine starke Frau In ihrer ungewöhnlich ehrlichen Autobiografie schreibt Chrissie Hynde über ihre kleinstädtische Jugend in den Fünfzigerjahren, ihr musikalisches Coming-of-age in den Sechzigerjahren, das Kent-State-University-Massaker, dessen Zeuge sie wurde, die Siebzigerjahre-Punk-Ära in London, die mit der Gründung ihrer legendären Band The Pretenders endete. Mit mehreren Nummer-eins-Alben und -Singles stiegen die Pretenders zu einer der erfolgreichsten Bands der Achtzigerjahre auf. Die Band musste aber auch schwere Niederschläge einstecken, zwei Mitglieder starben an ihrer Drogensucht.


Meisterwerke der deutschen Sprache

Author: Ben Schott

Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag

ISBN: 3641134668

Category: Humor

Page: 96

View: 6781


Das witzigste deutsche Wörterbuch. Vom Engländer Ben Schott. „Die deutsche Sprache ist so fruchtbar, dass sie für alles nur Denkbare auch ein eigenes Wort hat“, sagt Ben Schott und versammelt hier die wildesten Wortungetüme. Zum Beispiel die Bezeichnung für die Unsitte, einen Witz einfach immer wieder zu erzählen, bis jemand lacht: die WITZBEHARRSAMKEIT. Und kennen wir nicht alle den BESSERWINZER, der mit seinem Wissen über Wein angibt? Oder die angenehme Empfindung, am eigenen Geburtstag etwas Besonderes zu sein: das EXTRAWURSTTAGSGEFÜHL? Schott hat seiner Wortschatzfreude freien Lauf gelassen. Nach dem Welterfolg von "Schotts Sammelsurium" kommt jetzt das Neueste aus Ben Schotts genialer Werkstatt. Denn wie schon Mark Twain über die deutsche Sprache wusste: „Das sind keine Wörter mehr, das sind alphabetische Prozessionen.“

Politische Zeiten

Beobachtungen von der Seitenlinie

Author: Claus Leggewie

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641142318

Category: Political Science

Page: 480

View: 1829


Politische Autobiografie und deutsche Zeitgeschichte In Claus Leggewies Autobiografie spiegelt sich der Lebenslauf vieler Altersgenossen: kosmopolitisch, ökologisch engagiert, querdenkend haben sie Deutschland entscheidend mitgeprägt. In der Schilderung von Schlüsselszenen setzt sich etwas zusammen, das im Rückblick gern Entwicklung genannt wird, das er allerdings auch von Zufällen, Brüchen und Gefährdungen geprägt sieht. Da spürt der Kölner Junge plötzlich die Nähe der NS-Vergangenheit und begreift durch einen Blumenstrauß im Rinnstein eines Pariser Nobelviertels die Gewalt der Macht. 1968 betrachtet er von der Seitenlinie, seither macht er als Beobachter und Berater gelegentlich selbst Politik. Reisen führen in alle Kontinente, Begegnungen mit Menschen, Ideen, Weltanschauungen werden aufgeschrieben. Leggewie vergewissert sich der Erinnerungsspuren des eigenen Lebens und einer Generation, mit der sich fast alles änderte. So sind diese Erinnerungen auch ein spannendes Stück gelebte Zeitgeschichte.

This is Pop

In Search of the Elusive at Experience Music Project

Author: Eric Weisbard

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674013216

Category: Music

Page: 389

View: 1980


The breadth and vitality of pop music are captured in a study that brings together examinations of pop music by pioneers in the study of pop music, pivotal critics, as well as musicians active in the riot grrl and rock scenes.

100 Greatest Cover Versions

The Ultimate Playlist

Author: Robert Webb

Publisher: McNidder and Grace Limited

ISBN: 0857160575

Category: Music

Page: 196

View: 9426


Which Blondie Top Five was originally a flop for a West Coast power pop band? Who wrote Alice Cooper's 1973 hit 'Hello Hurray', and which folk singer first recorded it? Who launched their career with a tear and a cover of a little known Prince song? Where was Joe Cocker sitting when he came up with the idea of covering 'With a Little Help from my Friends?'. Everybody likes a good song and a good story. The 100 Greatest Cover Versions traces the histories of some of the great songs you may know only as second-hand recordings and explores some unusual and creative takes on a few of pop's well-known tracks. Based on the Independent's popular long-running Story of the Song column, this collection features previously unpublished pieces alongside fully expanded, updated stories. Robert Webb details the background to each song how it was written, who first recorded it and how it came to be covered and explains how, in some cases, the cover version has become more popular than the original. Artists range from Patti Smith to the Happy Mondays, David Bowie to Florence + the Machine, and Stevie Wonder to Robert Wyatt. The book also includes additional further listening suggestions and a bonus track. Whether you download, rip from CD or stream your music, the Ultimate Playlist series provides the perfect accompaniment to your personal compilation. The series aims to guide listeners through large and often bewildering back catalogues of the major artists as well as key genres and styles in popular music. If you love music and you enjoy knowing more about the history behind some of pop's greatest songs, then you will love this book.