Ray Davies

Not Like Everybody Else

Author: Thomas M. Kitts

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135867941

Category: Music

Page: 320

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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

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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.

Americana

The Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff

Author: Ray Davies

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753555220

Category: Rock groups

Page: 311

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As a boy in post-War England, legendary Kinks singer/songwriter Ray Davies fell in love with America âe" 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 Kinksâe(tm) archive. From his quintessentially English perspective, Davies âe" with candour, humour, and wit âe" 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

Stories

Author: Ray Davies

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 9780786865352

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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

Americana

The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: the Story

Author: Ray Davies

Publisher: Sterling

ISBN: 9781454915522

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Quintessentially English rock legend Ray Davies of the Kinks takes us on a personal road trip through his life and career, revealing what music, fame, and America really mean to him. With candor and wit, Davies explores his feelings toward the country that both inspires and frustrates him—from participating in the British Invasion to surviving a near-fatal shooting; from being part of one of history's most iconic rock bands, to his solo success.

X-Ray: The Unauthorized Autobiography

Author: Ray Davies

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1468302388

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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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.

X-ray

Author: Ray Davies

Publisher: Overlook

ISBN: 9780715637517

Category: Autobiography

Page: 419

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

X-ray

Author: Ray Davies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 419

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God Save The Kinks

A Biography

Author: Rob Jovanovic

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 1781311374

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 7166

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DIV In August 1964 The Kinks released their third single. After a little noticed debut and a follow-up that had failed to chart at all, Pye Records were threatening to annul the group’s contract. But with its unforgettable distorted guitar riff, 'You Really Got Me’ went on to reach No.1, entering the US Top Ten later the same year. Followed by a string of hits, it marked the breakthrough of one of Britain’s most innovative and influential bands, and a turning point in the fortunes of two brothers whose troubled story is as tumultuous and characterful as the music they produced: Ray and Dave Davies. Born into a deeply musical working-class family in London’s Muswell Hill, Ray and Dave grew up in a city recovering from the bombs and privations of the Second World War. More than any other musicians of the Sixties, they crafted the soundtrack that made it swing again. In songs such as ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’ – which toppled The Beatles to become the hit of Summer 1966 – ‘Waterloo Sunset’, ‘Days’ and ‘Lola’, they drew on music hall, folk and rhythm and blues to craft a peculiarly English pop idiom, inspiring generations of songwriters from David Bowie to Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn. Pocked by sibling rivalry, furious on-stage violence, walkouts, overdoses, a career-throttling ban from the US, gross self-indulgence, and the band's curious rebirth as eighties stadium rockers, the story laid bare in God Save The Kinks is one of the greatest in British pop history. /div

Reckless

My Life as a Pretender

Author: Chrissie Hynde

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385540620

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Chrissie Hynde, for nearly four decades the singer/songwriter/ undisputed leader of the Pretenders, is a justly legendary figure. Few other rock stars have managed to combine her swagger, sexiness, stage presence, knack for putting words to music, gorgeous voice and just all-around kick-assedness into such a potent and alluring package. From “Tatooed Love Boys” and “Brass in Pocket” to “Talk of the Town” and “Back on the Chain Gang,” her signature songs project a unique mixture of toughness and vulnerability that millions of men and women have related to. A kind of one- woman secret tunnel linking punk and new wave to classic guitar rock, she is one of the great luminaries in rock history. Now, in her no-holds-barred memoir Reckless, Chrissie Hynde tells, with all the fearless candor, sharp humor and depth of feeling we’ve come to expect, exactly where she came from and what her crooked, winding path to stardom entailed. Her All-American upbringing in Akron, Ohio, a child of postwar power and prosperity. Her soul capture, along with tens of millions of her generation, by the gods of sixties rock who came through Cleveland—Mitch Ryder, David Bowie, Jeff Back, Paul Butterfield and Iggy Pop among them. Her shocked witness in 1970 to the horrific shooting of student antiwar protestors at Kent State. Her weakness for the sorts of men she calls “the heavy bikers” and “the get-down boys.” Her flight from Ohio to London in 1973 essentially to escape the former and pursue the latter. Her scuffling years as a brash reviewer for New Musical Express, shop girl at the Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood boutique 'Craft Must Wear Clothes But The Truth Loves To Go Naked', first-hand witness to the birth of the punk movement, and serial band aspirant. And then ,at almost the last possible moment, her meeting of the three musicians who comprised the original line-up of The Pretenders, their work on the indelible first album “The Pretenders,” and the rocket ride to “Instant” stardom, with all the disorientation and hazards that involved. The it all comes crashing back down to earth with the deaths of lead guitarist James Honeyman Scott and bassist Peter Farndon, leaving her bruised and saddened, but far from beaten. Because Chrissie Hynde is, among other things, one of rock’s great survivors. We are lucky to be living in a golden age of great rock memoirs. In the aptly titled Reckless, Chrissie Hynde has given us one of the very best we have. Her mesmerizing presence radiates from every line and page of this book. From the Hardcover edition.

I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie

Author: Pamela Des Barres

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 1787590755

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

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First published in 1987, New York Times bestseller, I’m With The Band has been reprinted throughout the years, all over the world. This is the stylish, exuberant and sweetly innocent tale of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s. Beginning with Pamela Des Barres’ early obsession with Elvis, her own Beatlemania madness, and her fierce determination to meet the musicians who rocked her world, I’m With The Band illuminates the glory days of scintillating encounters with musical gods including Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger and Keith Moon. A girl just wanting to have fun, Des Barres immersed herself in the drugs, danger and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. As a member of The GTOs (Girls Together Outrageously), an all-female group masterminded by Frank Zappa, Des Barres was in the thick of the most revolutionary renaissance in the history of modern popular music. She travelled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons and Ray Davies. She had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. A woman in possession of her own destiny, Des Barres blazed a trail for women’s life-writing, standing up for female voices and experience everywhere. From original diaries, told with great warmth, chutzpah and joie de vivre, this is a frank memoir that wears its heart on its sleeve, and recalls one of rock ’n’ roll’s most thrilling eras. This edition contains new material from the author, including her response to the vitriolic shaming of groupies, and a foreword by Roisin O’Connor, rock journalist and music correspondent for the Independent.

The Kinks

A Thoroughly English Phenomenon

Author: Carey Fleiner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 144223542X

Category: Music

Page: 244

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Carey Fleiner examines English rock group the Kinks and their social and cultural influences both on and by the group from the early '60s to present day. In and around the biographical survey of the band's career, The Kinks looks at the several contexts in which the Kinks—and more recently, band founders and brother Ray and Dave Davies as solo acts—created and performed their work.

Kink

An Autobiography

Author: Dave Davies

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 9780786882694

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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In a raw and riveting, completely candid autobiography, Dave Davies, co-founder of the legendary, ever-popular English rock band The Kinks, delves into the turbulence of his own amazing life: sex, drugs, and rock and roll; his famous feuds with brother Ray; and an insider's life in the steamy center of the music scene. of photos.

Life of a Song

The fascinating stories behind 50 of the worlds best-loved songs

Author: Jan Dalley

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey

ISBN: 1473670470

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Who knew that Paul McCartney originally referred to Yesterday as 'Scrambled Eggs' because he couldn't think of any lyrics for his heart-breaking tune? Or that Patti LaBelle didn't know what 'Voulez-vous couches avec moi ce soir?' actually meant? These and countless other fascinating back stories of some of our best-known and best-loved songs fill this book, a collection of the highly successful weekly The Life of a Song columns that appear in the FT Weekend every Saturday. Each 600-word piece gives a mini-biography of a single song, from its earliest form (often a spiritual, or a jazz number), through the various covers and changes, often morphing from one genre to another, always focusing on the 'biography' of the song itself while including the many famous artists who have performed or recorded it. The selection covers a wide spectrum of the songs we all know and love - rock, pop, folk, jazz and more. Each piece is pithy, sparkily written, knowledgeable, entertaining, full of anecdotes and surprises. They combine deep musical knowledge with the vivid background of the performers and musicians, and of course the often intriguing social and political background against which the songs were created.

You Really Got Me: The Story of The Kinks

Author: Nick Hasted

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857129910

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Nick Hasted’s “illuminating” (Guardian) biography of The Kinks draws on years of in-depth interviews with the band’s creative siblings, Ray and Dave Davies, as well as new ones conducted especially for this book. Also interviewed are Mick Avory, Chrissie Hynde, Tom Robinson, Julien Temple and Wim Wenders. New light is thrown on a turbulent 30-year career scarred by suicide attempts, on-stage fights, recurring mental breakdowns and a refusal to live by anyone else’s rules. Explored in detail are: - Why The Kinks became the only Sixties British band to be banned from America at the height of their success - The real reason behind original bassist Pete Quaife quitting the group in 1968. - Ray Davies’ fraught relationship with Chrissie Hynde. - The origins of the mythic Village Green celebrated in The Kink’s classic 1968 album. - The Kinks’ later years which rehabilitated their reputation in America. Now updated to include details of the hit musical Sunny Afternoon and an up-to-the-minute report on the troubled relationship between the Davies brothers, You Really Got Me is the ultimate Kinks biography. “Keen eyed critique of a most contrary band” Uncut “Hasted is illuminating” Guardian “Interviews with Dave and Ray are particularly revealing” Mojo

The Art of Noise

Conversations with Great Songwriters

Author: Daniel Rachel

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466865210

Category: Music

Page: 528

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THE ART OF NOISE offers an unprecedented collection of insightful, of-the-moment conversations with twenty-seven great British songwriters and composers. They discuss everything from their individual approaches to writing, to the inspiration behind their most successful songs, to the techniques and methods they have independently developed to foster their creativity. Contributors include: Sting * Ray Davies * Robin Gibb * Jimmy Page * Joan Armatrading * Noel Gallagher * Lily Allen * Annie Lennox * Damon Albarn * Noel Gallagher * Laura Marling * Paul Weller * Johnny Marr * and many more Musician-turned-author Daniel Rachel approaches each interview with an impressive depth of understanding—of the practice of songwriting, but also of each musician's catalog. The result is a collection of conversations that's probing, informed, and altogether entertaining—what contributor Noel Gallagher called "without doubt the finest book I've ever read about songwriters and the songs they write." The collected experience of these songwriters makes this book the essential word of songwriting—as spoken by the songwriters themselves.

The Story of the Kinks

You Really Got Me (Updated)

Author: Nick Hasted

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785588518

Category: Nineteen sixties

Page: 400

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The Kinks are the quintessential British 60s 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 (The Village Green Preservation Society). 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. Now updated to include details of the hit musical Sunny Afternoon and an up-to-the-minute report on the troubled relationship between the Davies brothers, You Really Got Me is the ultimate Kinks biography.

Skills for Social Work Practice

Author: Keith Davies

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137390271

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Skills lie at the heart of all actions of a social worker, and inform all aspects of practice – from drawing on vital theoretical and ethical frameworks to applying the law and research findings to particular situations. This user-friendly and logically organised book brings together the key skills needed for practice in one place. It reflects current practice frameworks and addresses a wide range of skills including communication and relationship building, professional writing, ethical practice, assessment and reflection. Each chapter incorporates a number of features to help with learning and practical application, including: • Case studies to demonstrate how particular concepts apply to social work practice • Reflective exercises to help readers relate concepts and situations to their own experiences on placement and in the classroom • Progress checks to help students make connections between the Professional Capability Framework, the Standards of Proficiency and the wider skills they need to acquire • Chapter summaries to draw out key themes This engaging and practical book is essential for students studying social work or health and social care. It is also a critical tool for practitioners looking to enhance their skills in social work practice.

Leading for Growth

How Umpqua Bank Got Cool and Created a Culture of Greatness

Author: Raymond P. Davis,Alan Shrader

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0787994812

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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How any business leader can create an atmosphere of competitiveness for exceptional growth When Ray Davis took over the local 40-person South Umpqua Bank in 1994, many people in the industry poked fun at his insistence that employees answer the phone with a cheery "World's Greatest Bank." Eleven years, $7 billion in assets, and 128 branches (or " bank stores" in Umpqua lingo) later, the moniker seems quite apt. Other banks scratched their heads when Davis sent his tellers to Ritz-Carlton to learn customer service and were intrigued when he hired a cutting-edge design firm to completely re-think retail layout. Now, with a top design award under their belt, a name change (there never was a North Umpqua bank), and a completely new definition of the banking business, Umpqua has become the darling of the entrepreneurial press and a growth powerhouse. The New York Times calls Umpqua "Starbucks with tellers." Ray Davis (Portland, OR), named by U.S. Banker as one of the 25 most influential people in the financial industry in 2005, is President and CEO of Umpqua Holdings Corporation. Alan Shrader (Moraga, CA) is an experienced writer and editor of business books.

There Goes Gravity

A Life in Rock and Roll

Author: Lisa Robinson

Publisher: Riverhead Books

ISBN: 1594632952

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 362

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Lisa Robinson is the only woman journalist to have broken into the rock and roll boy's club. She has interviewed everyone from John Lennon to Patti Smith, Lady Gaga to the Clash. She's discussed nail varnish with a 12 year old Michael Jackson and introduced Lou Reed to David Bowie over filet mignon. For the first time ever, all her stories are collected in one volume. There Goes Gravity is a addictive homage to rock and roll and to Lisa's place within it.