God Save The Kinks: A Biography

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**** `Neatly spun. Virtually every page unfolds a story of booze, bad luck or a punch-up . the drama grows madder as the years pass.' Q

In August 1964 The Kinks released their third single.ÿAfter a little noticed debut and aÿfollow-up that had failed to chart at all,ÿPye Recordsÿwere threatening to annul the group's contract. But with its unforgettable distorted guitar riff,ÿ'You Really Got Me'ÿwent 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.ÿ

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. More than any other musicians of the Sixties, they crafted the soundtrackÿthat 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, andÿthe band'sÿcurious 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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About the Author:

Rob Jovanovic is the author of numerous books on such diverse subjects as Pavement and Kate Bush, Big Star and George Michael, R.E.M. and The Kinks. His books have been published in ten countries and in nine different languages. He is also a contributor to magazines including Mojo and Uncut. He lives just outside Nottingham, England, with his wife and two young children.

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'A fond yet revealing portrait of a Brit-pop institution.'



'The most in-depth account of the Kinks - the story laid bare in God Save the Kinks is one of the greatest in British pop history.'ÿ

'An excellent book on the band. It was amusing to see so many people spilling the beans after all this time.'

'A lively account of the Ray Davies-fronted group's life and times with a good eye for the many incidents of wilfulness and self-sabotage that stopped the band being quite as appreciated as they deserved.'

'A tragicomic epic of triumph and dysfunction, this is a highly readable account of a unique career. Although a self-confessed worshipper, Jovanovic never fawns over his subject, writing instead with a clear eye for detail and context ... it's a fine retelling of a very British legend.'

'A fond yet revealing portrait of a Brit-pop institution.'

**** `Neatly spun. Virtually every page unfolds a story of booze, bad luck or a punch-up . the drama grows madder as the years pass.'

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**** ‘Neatly spun... Virtually every page unfolds a story of booze, bad luck or a punch-up ... the drama grows madder as the years pass.’

 



'The most in-depth account of the Kinks - the story laid bare in God Save the Kinks is one of the greatest in British pop history.' 

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