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"Virtually every page unfolds a story of booze, bad luck or a punch-up...the drama grow's madder as the years pass." â?? Pat Gilbert, Q Magazine
"While the Kinks were one of the most influential bands to come out of Britain in the 1960s, their legacy has always been overshadowed by contemporaries such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and The Who. With this biography, journalist Jovanovic (Big Star: The Story of Rock's Forgotten Band; Kate Bush: The Biography) combines his professional skills with a passion to bring the band's story to life, resulting in a complex narrative that spans 50 years. Singer and lyricist Ray Davies, known for distinctly English character studies, is the most famous member of the band, followed by his brother and bandmate, Dave. The Kinks created early garage pop singles that led to concept albums in the 1970s and an eventual rebirth as arena-filling rockers during the days of new wave. The author uses interviews with band members, photographers, producers, and backing musicians to chronicle a story filled with rock star triumphs and tribulations fueled by a deep sibling rivalry and tension that ebbed and flowed over the decades. VERDICT Jovanovic's thorough biography, while lighter on critical and musical analysis, provides a complete and entertaining narrative of the history of one of rock's most influential, and sometimes unsung, bands." - Library Journal
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.
Well written & researched, although Jovanovic doesn’t actually interview the Davis brothers (he uses quotes from their respective auto-biographies). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jimi Jac
Dad loves the KINKS and he's really enjoyed this book. Read it clear through in two days and wished there'd been more when he was done.Published 9 months ago by Marty Byerley
I love the Kinks and felt this book gave me a lot of information that has not been recycled from previous books. I am not going into a long review about it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Fred Yanner