God Save the Kinks: A Biography

God Save the Kinks A Biography In August The Kinks released their third single After a little noticed debut and a follow up that had failed to chart at all Pye Records were threatening to annul the group s contract But with i

  • Title: God Save the Kinks: A Biography
  • Author: Rob Jovanovic
  • ISBN: 9781845136710
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In August 1964 The Kinks released their third single After a little noticed debut and a follow up that had failed to chart at all, Pye Records were threatening to annul the group s contract But with its unforgettable distorted guitar riff, You Really Got Me went on to reach No.1, entering the US Top Ten later the same year Followed by a string of hits, it marked the bIn August 1964 The Kinks released their third single After a little noticed debut and a follow up that had failed to chart at all, Pye Records were threatening to annul the group s contract But with its unforgettable distorted guitar riff, You Really Got Me went on to reach No.1, entering the US Top Ten later the same year Followed by a string of hits, it marked the breakthrough of one of Britain s most innovative and influential bands, and a turning point in the fortunes of two brothers whose troubled story is as tumultuous and characterful as the music they produced Ray and Dave Davies Born into a deeply musical working class family in London s Muswell Hill, Ray and Dave grew up in a city recovering from the bombs and privations of the Second World War, and, than any other musicians of the Sixties, they crafted the soundtrack that made it swing again In songs such as Dedicated Follower of Fashion , Sunny Afternoon which toppled The Beatles to become the hit of Summer 1966 Waterloo Sunset , Days and Lola , they drew on music hall, folk and rhythm and blues to craft a peculiarly English pop idiom, inspiring generations of songwriters from David Bowie to Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn.Pocked by sibling rivalry, furious on stage violence, walkouts, overdoses, a career throttling ban from the US, gross self indulgence, and the band s curious rebirth as Eighties stadium rockers, the story laid bare in God Save The Kinks is one of the greatest in British pop history.

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    1. The author has done a lot of homework but I wish he were a better writer. Too often this sounds like it's being transcribed from a notebook. I also noticed a couple of errors, in particular the 1967 reference regarding Revolver. Overall though, this told me more about the Kinks than I've ever known.

    2. It does a good job of telling the Kinks dramatic rise and breakdown with facts but doesn't do a good job of hooking the reader. A good history book transports you to the past but this one didn't really do that well.

    3. I've been a fan of The Kinks since going through a Mod phase as a teenager after the fall of Brit Pop and not knowing much about them outside the greatest hits compilations this book seemed ideal. Now if you're just after the facts delivered clean, clear and concisely this is an entertaining read however if you want the tale told with raw, rock and roll verbal energy Jovanovic is not the author for you.To say the author is meant to be a Kinks fanatic I found his prose unenthusiastic to say the l [...]

    4. I am a Kinks fan and have a bunch of their records but never knew a lot about them. This book was informative but a bit lacklustre. I now have a lot more respect for and sympathy with the band members. However, I am a fan of their much derided concept albums - Soap Opera, the Preservations, Schoolboys in Disgrace - and am a bit sick of the way that every critic follows each other in panning these albums. As far as I can see they were a genuine attempt to do something original rather than just se [...]

    5. Great kronicle of one of the best and most British of the "British Invasion" bands that never seemed to quite get the success and recognition they deserved but nonetheless made excellent music through the 1990s.

    6. If you enjoy Rock and Roll heritage from a British point of you then this book will grab your attention.The Kinks were a band that had released two records that seemed to go nowhere until August 1964 when their last chance at making it put them on the charts with their now famous record “You Really Got Me” which not only went on to number one in Britain, but which introduced Ray and Dave Davies and the other members of the band to the United States by reaching the top ten in the same year. M [...]

    7. Although this book gave some new insights, I have to dock a star or two because of several factual errors. One of those errors was stating that the Beatles never toured Australia, which they did prior to the Kinks in 1964. Another error was stating that Ray reviewed the Beatles album Revolver for an English music paper in August 1967, instead of 1966. There were also several errors involving chart placements of several singles, i.e "See My Friends" never made the US charts. I was surprised about [...]

    8. A busy chronology of The Kinks, the '60's most underrated band. It's the lurid tale of the Davies', two talented, egotistical, idiosyncratic brothers with a powder keg relationship and those (band mates, wives, etc.) who valiantly tolerated them. Neither Ray nor Dave Davies collaborated with the author, though, so it's more cut-and-paste than kink-and-tell.

    9. Didn't realize how relevant the Kinks were/are. I'd forgot that they sang 'Lola,' remember my dad and his friends laughing about that song when I was a kid and didn't know what it was about. Great group. Being banned from touring in America surely kept them from becoming juggernauts of rock like the Beatles and the Stones.

    10. Best book on the Kinks I've read so far, but still gives short shrift to the 70s and 80s part of the band's story. Would have liked to see the same amount of detail lavished on the 60s extended to the rest of the book. Still a much needed contribution to rock biography.

    11. Ugh. My ergonomic keyboard quit so I am forced to use a regular keyboard. And even though I only type with three fingers I can say that this has screwed up my life beyond measure. Thus, no book rview. Ugh. See what I mean? I am not going back to fix that typo.

    12. Hmm. Neither a great nor a bad bio of The Kinks. Starts off full of good intentions, but really peters out towards the end as if the author had lost interest in his own book. Worth a glance if you are a fan but no nothing about the group.

    13. An interesting insight into the Kinks and the music industry and London.And the affect of sibling rivalries

    14. The Kinks deserve better than this rather insipid collection of 'facts', I'll look for another book - 'coz they're not like everybody else!

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