Ray Davies: A Complicated Life

Author(s): Johnny Rogan

Music Biography

NOW UPDATED WITH A NEW EPILOGUE. In the summer of 1964, aged twenty, Ray Davies led the Kinks to fame with their number one hit 'You Really Got Me'. Within months, they were established among the pop elite, swamped by fans and fast becoming renowned for the rioting at their gigs. But Ray's journey from working-class Muswell Hill to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame was tumultuous in the extreme, featuring breakdowns, bitter lawsuits, spectacular punch-ups and a ban from entering the USA. His relationship with his brother Dave is surely the most ferocious and abusive in music history. Based on countless interviews conducted over several decades, this richly detailed and revelatory biography presents the most frank and intimate portrait yet of Ray Davies.

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The definitive biography of The Kinks' legendary frontman and one of the most tumultuous tales in Rock history.

"As definitive a view of the man as anyone could hope for" The Times "In the tradition of the most interesting biographies, a troubled subject makes for a gripping read" Evening Standard "Rogan is exceptionally good at painting a picture of the moment he is exploring ... engrossing ... you're left with a sympathetic understanding of [Davies'] ways and motives" New Statesman "It's [Ray Davies's] quirks that make him a worthy study, and Johnny Rogan is the man for the job, a writer renowned for going to extraordinary lengths to research his subjects ... a social history as well as character study. Rogan illuminates the labyrinth of Swinging Sixties record labels, managers, bookers and pluggers, and spares no blushes in his depiction of the young Kinks" Irish Times "Masterfully teases out the warring impulses wrestling in [Davies's] psyche ... [Rogan is] adept at relating the social history of the 1950s and 1960s to Davies's brooding character and lyric obsessions ... He uncovers psychological traumas everywhere and is fascinating on the bitchy rivalries between 1960s pop titans ... Such tales make this ... oceanically researched biography go with a swing" Sunday Times

Johnny Rogan is the author of over twenty books, including highly acclaimed biographies/musical studies of the Byrds, the Smiths, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, John Lennon and Morrissey. His groundbreaking Starmakers & Svengalis: The History Of British Pop Management was adapted for a six-week BBC series. Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance was one of the best-selling and most controversial rock biographies of its time, receiving various music biography of the year awards, and has been in print continuously for over twenty years. More recently, Van Morrison: No Surrender was chosen by the Sunday Timesas one of its Top 10 Music Books of the Year. He is currently completing an epic two-volume study, Byrds: Requiem For the Timeless.

General Fields

  • : 9780099554080
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : February 2016
  • : 234mm X 153mm X 56mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Johnny Rogan
  • : Paperback
  • : 516
  • : en
  • : 782.42166092
  • : 784