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An iconic rock legend, Ray Davies inspired generations of musicians - from the Who and the Clash to the Ramones and Black Sabbath - as lead singer and songwriter of the Kinks. Since the Kinks disbanded, he has embarked on a solo career and continues to tour and record. He has also acted, directed, and produced shows for theatre and television. Davies was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004 and in 2012, his performance of the Kinks song 'Waterloo Sunset' was a highlight of the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. On his most recent album, See My Friends (2011), he collaborated with such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, and Jon Bon Jovi.
Written without a ghost-writer – and all the better for it, Ray Davies has written a book that deals with his own life, the life of the Kinks and the relationship both had for America. Love and hate, safety and danger, inspiration and frustration – a volatile relationship that culminated in an induction in the Rock hall of Fame. Like for Like Reading Wild Tales, Graham Nash Robert Plant: A Life - The Biography, Paul Rees