likeyoulove make the most of Lovereading granchester
Search our site
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell Read the opening extract of the brand new Bernard Cornwell book before its publication on 19/10/2017

Americana The Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff by Ray Davies
  

Americana The Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff

Biography / Autobiography   

RRP £8.99

Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Sue Baker's view...

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

Who is Sue Baker

Win a Signed Copy from Arun Gandhi

We have a highly sought after SIGNED COPY to give away of The Gift of Anger, written by Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi. This is a memoir that also shares some of the beliefs and teachings of his grandfather, beliefs that focus on co-existence and tolerance which are needed now more than ever in our world.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 31 October 2017. The winners will be notified by 9 November 2017.

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 31/10/2017

Synopsis

Americana The Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff by Ray Davies

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. 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' own collection and the Kinks' archive. From his quintessentially English perspective, Davies - with candour, humour, 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.

Reviews

'Davies is candid and honest about his personal and creative struggles.' New York Times

'A memoir of certainties rocked by the melodic patterns and syncopated beat of American popular culture.' Guardian

'This is no tired rock story but something far more profound, funny and disturbing.' Irish Times

'A frank account of his own love/hate relationship with America.' GQ Magazine

About the Author

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.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

28th May 2015

Author

Ray Davies

More books by Ray Davies
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Virgin Books an imprint of Ebury Press

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Autobiography: arts & entertainment
Rock & Pop music
Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups

ISBN

9780753555248

My horizons have been broadened by some of the books I have been lucky to review and I expect it to be no different in the future.

Daran Bellingham

It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

Lovereading helps me decide what real people read.

Kerry Bridges

They are bright, breezy and eager to offer a great book, then genuinely listen/respect the review one writes.

Maggie Crane

Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton

The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

If you love reading, then you'll love Lovereading! Full of tips & info for every discerning reader.

Lynne Rapson

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools