The Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff
A frank and revealing Rock and Roll memoir – welcome to Ray Davies’s America
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's 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.
“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.”
“This is no tired rock story but something far more profound, funny and disturbing. ”
“A frank account of his own love/hate relationship with America.”