By Ray Davies
As a boy in post-War England, mythical Kinks' singer/songwriter Ray Davies fell in love with America--its video clips and tune, its tradition of freedom, fed his mind's eye. Then, as a part of the British Invasion, he toured the U.S. with the Kinks in the course of some of the most tumultuous eras in contemporary history--until the Kinks team was once banned from appearing 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 existence. In Americana, Davies attempts to make feel of his lengthy love-hate dating with the rustic that either encouraged and annoyed him. From his quintessentially English viewpoint as a Kink, Davies--with candor, humor, and wit--takes us on a truly own street journey via his existence and storied profession as a rock big name, and divulges what track, repute, and the USA particularly suggest to him. probably the most interesting characters in contemporary popular culture make appearances, from the recognized to the might be even-more-interesting behind-the-scenes avid gamers. The ebook additionally features a photographic insert with pictures from Davies's personal assortment from the band's archive.
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It was like a bad film noir, but this was really happening. My suitcases were in storage, I was afraid to move on and throw away the past, yet at the same time I was scared to live in the moment and uncertain about the future. One thing was for sure: I knew I couldn’t die. That would be too corny. I had to live through this. My own song played on the car stereo and seemed to add a soundtrack of foreboding that summed up my predicament: “So high in the sky while down here I just wonder why Am I part of nature’s scheme or just a man in a machine?
Many tours and trips later, Davies experienced a transformative event in New Orleans when he was shot during a botched robbery. From his quintessentially English perspective as songwriter for the Kinks, Davies explores in Americana his feelings of love, confusion and fascination towards the country that both inspires and frustrates him. With candour, humour and wit, Davies takes us on a very personal road trip through his life and celebrated career as a rock writer/performer, and reveals what music, fame and America really mean to him.
All these songs showed promise, but I needed a focus. My songs are important to me—I have known for a long time that I am a lousy communicator except for my songs, and more than anything else my songs define me as a person—but this seemed irrelevant as I began my tour after 9/11. BURNING BRIDGES, AMERICAN TOUR, SEPTEMBER 2001 “It was a really beautiful day Not a cloud up in the sky But nighttime falls and trouble’s brewing Say to myself, ‘What are you doing? What are you proving? ’” IT WAS SEPTEMBER 21, 2001, and I’d never flown on such an empty aeroplane.