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God Save the Kinks: A Biography

God Save the Kinks: A Biography [Kindle Edition]

Rob Jovanovic
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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'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.' 

(Living North Resident)

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

(Ex-member of The Kinks John Gosling)

'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.'

(The Scotsman)

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

(Choice magazine)

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


(Pat Gilbert Q)

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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 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, more 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1423 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1845136713
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (3 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781311374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781311370
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinks 6 Sep 2013
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Excellent. Enjoyed all the tour of the Kinks journey. Knew there was in band fighting but not this much. Very good knowledge by the author. Looking forward to Ray Davies's autobiography in October to hear his side. Would definitely advise you to buy this. Kinks are my third favourite band and loved this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine biography. 31 Aug 2013
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There have been quite a few works in recent years on the Kinks, who are one of the greatest of English rock bands. This work covers much ground, and is notable for its insights into the personalities and personal lives of the Davies brothers that fuelled their drive and their success. It follows the traditional emphasis on the early success of the 1960s rather than the later US success. A very worthwhile book all the same,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kinks fans read this 30 Aug 2013
By Ian
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An ideal book for a fan of the Kinks and the Davies brothers. Could not put it down. A must buy !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 Sep 2013
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This is a well-researched and impartial account of a unique and enigmatic band that helped shape the 60s and beyond. The author has an obvious love for The Kinks and explores each of the members and peripherals without too much waffle, which I like in a good biography. It also draws on personal accounts from each member including Ray's 'X-Ray' and Dave's 'Kink' as well as interviews from other members' families and friends. The advantage of an outside biographer is lack of bias to any one person, as the aforementioned autobiographies obviously are. And it is a joy to read a biography from an English standpoint rather than one written by an American, say, who knows nothing of English places or customs. No more than I would read an American biography written by a Brit. A great read, well written.

Jeff Gibbs UK
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