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 united states with the Kinks in the course of probably the most tumultuous eras in fresh history--until the Kinks crew used to be banned from acting there from 1965-69. Many excursions and journeys later, whereas residing 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 courting 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 song, reputation, and the US relatively suggest to him. probably the most interesting characters in contemporary popular culture make appearances, from the well-known to the maybe even-more-interesting behind-the-scenes avid gamers. The e-book additionally incorporates a photographic insert with photos from Davies's personal assortment from the band's archive.
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Not happy with anything enough to make it public. It was 2001 already, and I was still not letting anyone listen. There was nothing in the world to connect to. I had a theme—Americana. My group had been banned from the States for four years in the ’60s, and once the ban had been lifted it was our crusade to get back there and get our fair dues. We toured America relentlessly after the ban, and while I still lived in England I’d never felt settled anywhere. In any event, being a touring musician means that I’m still unable to settle as a civilian anywhere for too long.
One morning in the autumn of 2002, a husband and wife walked out the door of their detached house, which was neatly placed on a corner of a tree-lined street in New Orleans. As they were getting into their car, two men in an old red saloon approached. One got out, walked over, and began to ask the husband, Brad, for directions before pulling out a shotgun. In a few seconds, the couple had lost control of their liberty and were at the mercy of their captors, who savoured the control the guns had given them.
Maybe soul is a good spirit that has journeyed through the dark places and come out happier and wiser on the other side. When I’d played in R&B clubs as a student in London, all these elements surrounded me, but I did not think about it; I just played the music. The music wasn’t all about darkness, whores, danger, and bitterness. It was also a celebration of the human spirit, but when I was a teenager the dark danger seemed exciting. So why was I here? Perhaps I wanted to write about something I could touch and feel.