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By Ray Davies

ISBN-10: 0753550326

ISBN-13: 9780753550328

As a boy in post-War England, mythical Kinks' singer/songwriter Ray Davies fell in love with America--its videos and tune, its tradition of freedom, fed his mind's eye. Then, as a part of the British Invasion, he toured the united states with the Kinks in the course of probably the most tumultuous eras in contemporary history--until the Kinks crew used to be banned from acting there from 1965-69. Many excursions and journeys later, whereas dwelling in New Orleans, he skilled a transformative occasion: the taking pictures (a results of a botched theft) that just about took his lifestyles. In Americana, Davies attempts to make experience of his lengthy love-hate dating with the rustic that either encouraged and pissed off him. From his quintessentially English viewpoint as a Kink, Davies--with candor, humor, and wit--takes us on a truly own highway journey via his existence and storied occupation as a rock celebrity, and divulges what track, repute, and the US relatively suggest to him. probably the most interesting characters in fresh popular culture make appearances, from the recognized to the possibly even-more-interesting behind-the-scenes avid gamers. The e-book additionally contains a photographic insert with photos from Davies's personal assortment from the band's archive.

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I wanted to see the real thing; be there; experience firsthand that Americana. And the cars. The bloody automobiles: the distance, full of possibilities and mystique. The movies. Heroes with suntans and perfect teeth riding into the sunset on the trail to the West. ” The great highway was still out there, but now, because of the new “terror,” the road to freedom seemed blocked. My phone interviews with Boston, Philadelphia, and New York didn’t happen that day because everything seemed to have shut down.

Blonde and wanting love and lust beneath those layers of petticoats. Pioneers with Scandinavian features and ladies with Max Factor complexions, chiselled noses, trim waists, and piercing blue eyes. Or the Katy Jurado look: dark, half villainous, seductive, knowing full well that she’ll get the bad deal in the end and maybe even a bullet as payment for her devotion. Shooting from those beautiful hips—eyes ablaze with passion. And then the bandy-legged hero. Always a Scott or a Brett someone or a Brad or Dexter somebody.

Caught in an indelible freeze-frame. All these fragmented images of my youth. I wanted to see the real thing; be there; experience firsthand that Americana. And the cars. The bloody automobiles: the distance, full of possibilities and mystique. The movies. Heroes with suntans and perfect teeth riding into the sunset on the trail to the West. ” The great highway was still out there, but now, because of the new “terror,” the road to freedom seemed blocked. My phone interviews with Boston, Philadelphia, and New York didn’t happen that day because everything seemed to have shut down.

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