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Americana : the Kinks, the riff, the road : the story
Davies, Ray, 1944- , author.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Sterling Publishing, c2013.

© 2013
Physical Description:
311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The British Invasion musician discusses his love/hate relationship with America, from his first U.S. tour in the early 1960s to being nearly murdered during a botched robbery in New Orleans in 2004.
General Note:
Includes index.
Preface -- Opener: New Orleans. The empty room -- Wings of fantasy -- The fake world -- The invaders -- Americana -- The big weird -- Thanksgiving Day -- Celluloid heroes -- Life on the road: diary of 1977 -- Sleepwalker -- The big guys -- Misfits -- Low budget -- Better things -- Unknown purple -- The morning after -- State of confusion -- After the fall -- Scattered -- Phobia -- Still searchin' -- Over my head -- Storyteller -- The voodoo walk -- A street called Hope -- Epilogue: security.
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ML420.D25 A3 2013 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
ML420.D25 A3 2013 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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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. 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 Davies's own collection from the band's archive.

Author Notes

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

Prefacep. viii
Opener: New Orleansp. 1
1 The Empty Roomp. 4
2 Wings of Fantasyp. 22
3 The Fake Worldp. 36
4 The Invadersp. 42
5 Americanap. 50
6 The Big Weirdp. 69
7 Thanksgiving Dayp. 77
8 Celluloid Heroesp. 97
9 Life on the Road: Diary of 1077p. 113
10 Sleepwalkerp. 125
11 The Big Guysp. 140
12 Misfitsp. 148
13 Low Budgetp. 160
14 Better Thingsp. 173
15 Unknown Purplep. 182
16 The Morning Afterp. 190
17 State of Confusionp. 208
18 After the Fallp. 229
19 Scatteredp. 234
20 Phobiap. 248
21 Still Searchin'p. 252
22 Over My Headp. 263
23 Storytellerp. 271
24 The Voodoo Walkp. 281
25 A Street Called Hopep. 287
Epilogue: Securityp. 296
Indexp. 301
Creditsp. 311