Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story by Ray DaviesAs 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. Then, as part of the British Invasion, he toured the US with the Kinks during one of the most tumultuous eras in recent history—until the Kinks group was banned from performing there from 1965-69. Many tours and trips later, while living in New Orleans, he experienced a transformative event: the shooting (a result of a botched robbery) that nearly took his life. In Americana, Davies tries to make sense of his long love-hate relationship with the country that both inspired and frustrated him. From his quintessentially English perspective as a Kink, Davies—with candor, humor, 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. Some of the most fascinating characters in recent pop culture make appearances, from the famous to the perhaps even-more-interesting behind-the-scenes players. The book also includes a photographic insert with images from Daviess own collection from the bands archive.
Ray Davies – Americana
Ray Davies with Dave Davies. Ray Davies. Ray Davies Victorious Festival Castle Field , Southsea, UK. See all past concerts
The iconic songwriter's piercing pop sensibility translates just as well across the pond
Ray Davies has often had an uneasy relationship with America. The Kinks were banned from touring in the States between and ; many years later, in , Davies was shot in New Orleans, where he lived at the time., Ray Davies continues to beat the drum for a Kinks reunion.