By Ray Davies
As a boy in post-War England, mythical Kinks' singer/songwriter Ray Davies fell in love with America--its video clips and track, its tradition of freedom, fed his mind's eye. Then, as a part of the British Invasion, he toured the united states with the Kinks in the course of essentially the most tumultuous eras in fresh history--until the Kinks staff was once banned from acting there from 1965-69. Many excursions and journeys later, whereas residing in New Orleans, he skilled a transformative occasion: the taking pictures (a results of a botched theft) that almost took his lifestyles. In Americana, Davies attempts to make experience of his lengthy love-hate courting with the rustic that either encouraged and annoyed him. From his quintessentially English standpoint as a Kink, Davies--with candor, humor, and wit--takes us on a truly own highway journey via his existence and storied occupation as a rock famous person, and divulges what song, status, and the US rather suggest to him. the most interesting characters in contemporary popular culture make appearances, from the recognized to the maybe even-more-interesting behind-the-scenes gamers. The publication additionally incorporates a photographic insert with photographs from Davies's personal assortment from the band's archive.
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There was a collective sigh from all the passengers as we passed over the Ground Zero site, still smouldering beneath us. We took a gradual turn across Long Island towards Kennedy Airport and saw the smoke cloud spiralling up into the sky. The trip into the city by car was equally sombre.
M. one morning in the autumn of 2002, a husband and wife walked out the door of their detached house, which was neatly placed on a corner of a tree-lined street in New Orleans. As they were getting into their car, two men in an old red saloon approached. One got out, walked over, and began to ask the husband, Brad, for directions before pulling out a shotgun. In a few seconds, the couple had lost control of their liberty and were at the mercy of their captors, who savoured the control the guns had given them.
When I arrived “home” I would spend the night refining new ideas whilst trying to write down the clustered notes of the trains and riverboat siren as it passed along the Mississippi; dissonant yet reassuring at the same time. The ghostlike freight trains were still heading into town, appearing as old friends during my sleepless nights. There was a voice starting to emerge that came from within me rather than from the characters I’d been watching. “Every time I hear that lonesome train roll down the track Going away to unknown destinations I believe there’s someone out there making the great escape …” These fragments were setting the scene; a setup for a big story that I hadn’t worked out yet.
Americana - The Kinks, The Road and The Perfect Riff by Ray Davies