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5.0 out of 5 stars
Essential companion to an essential album, 31 Dec. 2003
Anybody who loves 60s music should know (and therefore love) "Village Green Preservation Society", Raymond Douglas Davies' finest 40 minutes or so. This fascinating book gives the background to the tortuous creation of the album, through the supposed Ray Davies solo album and almost disintegration of the Kinks themselves. Each song is explained in full, giving context both within the album and contemporary society (who would have thought the title track was so subversive?), and there is also a chapter on the songs recorded during the same period, most of which are only available on "The Great Lost Kinks Album", or bootlegs.
All of which makes the book sound like a dry academic study which is far from the truth. The book succeeds in the best way it can - it draws you into the story of the band falling apart and triumphing through adversity, and it makes you want to play the album again. Andy Miller obviously loves the subject matter as he writes passionately and enthusiastically about the music and the people behind the music. He's also done a large amount of research - there are quotes from recent interviews and original articles. It may be a small book, but it's full of information and opinion and I've read it cover to cover three times in two days and ignored other recent CD purchases to play "VGPS" instead.
A near-perfect book about a perfect album.