When Ray Davies spewed those teen angst lyrics in his cockney voice over the driving guitar riffs from his brother Dave in 1964, the Kinks legend was born. While the Beatles were "cute" and honed, the Kinks were shaggy, unruly and jagged. They were awesome.
Fast forward 40 plus years and, though the Kinks have since disbanded, their legend lives on. In the new biography from Ray Davies titled Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story, the master songwriter offers insights into a life on the road for much of the 1970's and 1980's throughout the United States and how the U.S. has helped to increase his love of England. Ray Davies is British through and through, but he writes affectionately of his tours through the massive American landscape and how the Kinks were finally able to conquer the American public. Written in a whimsical style that could only come from Ray himself, Americana offers a look into the thoughts and feelings of one of rock n roll's greatest songwriters.
Dan @ Washington Park