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Kink: An Autobiography [Paperback]

Dave Davies
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20 Jun 1997
This is the autobiography of Dave Davies, the co-founder with his brother Ray of the band, the Kinks. The book tells the inside story of the 1960s rock explosion, and the volatile relationship with Ray that has produced both torment and such hits as "You Really Got Me", "All Day and All of the Night", "Death of a Clown" and "Lola". "Kink" also reveals the friendships and rivalries with the Stones, the Who, Chrissie Hynde and the Beatles, and of Dave's strings of liaisons, which resulted in children, paternity suits, and a host of sexual contradictions. It is also a story of survival, overcoming paranoia and mental breakdown, and coming to understand a spiritual encounter.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (20 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330353772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330353779
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 8 May 2006
What a joy to read, a real page turner. This book takes you on an amazing journey through the music business, life and beyond! Any Kinks fan should read this book, its worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rock guitarist details spiritual revelations 21 Nov 2012
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I have been a fan of The Kinks' music since the age of 10 in 1967 when, on the advice of my older brother, I bought a copy of "Something Else by The Kinks", a unique album of songs written by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. I would return to listen to it in my mid-teens and was gripped by some of the haunting love songs on that album, although I think that it was only later that I came to realise the meaning of the song "David Watts".

I started reading this book a few days ago and haven't been able to put it down since. It makes fascinating reading, beginning with his early life in north London, describing his teenage sexual experiences and then moving on to his time with The Kinks from the '60s onwards, encounters with all sorts of people, the usual stories of exceess of drink and drugs and a psychological breakdown. Towards the end, it unexpectedly explodes into very vivid descriptions of some profound spiritual and supernatural experiences that he had in later years, which transformed his outlook on life.

I would go as far to say that this is one of the most interesting books I have ever read - and I have read a great deal.

It is written with humour, the descriptions of his early life growing up in a large family in north London are an eye-opener and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the 60s, which were probably the greatest musical decade in history. It also gives an insight into what inspired many of the songs written by brothers Ray and Dave, who were among the most unique songwriters of their time.

I also found, perhaps unexpectedly, that I had a number of things in common with Dave, including the fact that his first love was to haunt him for the rest of his life, and he comes over as being emotionally sensitive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kink - Man Behaving Badly 19 Aug 2012
This is an extract from a longer review with the same title.

I'd originally entitled this `Kink' vs `X-Ray' but realised that this helped to perpetuate a sense of competition between the brothers. I know that Dave doesn't want to play that game. And the two books relate in a complementary way, one illuminating some of the shadows in the other but still retaining the chiaroscuro: put them together and you get the full picture.

You might think from reading their autobiographies and from their constant skirmishes that all the Davies brothers have in common is a love of malted milkshakes. Dave makes his own version with Horlicks and Haagen-Dazs. Music brought them together despite their differences and kept them together through thick and thin. There are many of us who hope (against hope) that one day it will again.

'I probably shouldn't tell you this, but Ray phoned up someone at our office and said: Have you seen Dave's book? They said they'd seen bits and pieces. He said (adopts serious, pained tone): You know, I think this is going to be the end of the Kinks this year.'
This comment manages to imply that the Kinks have an end every year. Not sure whether Ray's reaction is caused by Dave's personal criticisms of Ray (as prevalent as his appreciation of his talent) or the fact that Dave's revelations will somehow affect the reputation of the band, leading to its dissolution.

This started off as an attempt to compare Kink with X-Ray, focusing on certain events covered in both books to see how different the brothers' perceptions and preoccupations are. But, for the moment, I want to concentrate on an overview of `Kink', and in particular, what it says about the early days of the Kinks.
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