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

By Ray Davies

As a boy in post-War England, mythical Kinks singer/songwriter Ray Davies fell in love with the United States – its video clips and tune, its tradition of freedom fed his mind's eye.

In Americana, Davies attempts to make experience of his lengthy love-hate courting with the rustic that either evokes and frustrates him, and the place he approximately misplaced his lifestyles in a highway shooting.

the most interesting characters in popular culture and the British Invasion make appearances, from the recognized to the behind-the-scenes avid gamers. The publication is interspersed with lyrics and in addition comprises images from Davies's personal assortment and the Kinks’ archive.

From his quintessentially English viewpoint, Davies – with candour, humour, and wit – takes us on a truly own street journey via his existence and storied profession as a rock superstar, and divulges what song, reputation and the United States quite suggest to him.

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Was a vivacious brunette at first glance, but she became more world-weary the longer you looked at her. Her knowledge of retro blues and little-known R&B was at times overwhelming, and she gave the impression she had sat on a bar stool in every music club in America. She had great teeth, but a dark gaze that could kill from a mile away. She looked people up and down and spoke in a way that implied a subtext—that she wanted more from them emotionally than they were prepared to give. ; she went straight into you.

When I went to art school I encountered a few “Communists,” but they were all affluent and all about the style rather than the politics. They wore long sweaters, smoked dope. I had one college friend whose father had been a famous spy, but when my friend returned to England after visiting his father in Moscow, he would often find himself being followed to the local pub by what he described as British secret service agents. Perhaps this was to ensure that he was not preaching communism to the other students.

When we finally arrived, the woman was still drinking, but somehow she got it together in time to be the first to collect her baggage. She was out of the airport before anyone else was—probably headed straight for a bar on Bourbon Street. They call New Orleans the Crescent City; if you look at it from high above as you fly in across Lake Pontchartrain you see the Mississippi River snaking through it. Louis Armstrong Airport seems small when you get off the plane, and a party atmosphere continued through to the baggage claim area as tourists ready to revel were already celebrating.

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