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Ray Davies and America Continue to Get Reacquainted

Kinks frontman Ray Davies has some thoughts to share about his time in the United States, some banal and some deeply personal.

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Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story

Ray Davies tries to make sense of his long love-hate relationship with America, the country that both inspired and frustrated him.

Ray Davies
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Ten Songs From 1967 That Shaped Prog Rock

If 1967 characterizes a high point in rock music, it also initiated an explicit realignment of what was possible in the genre -- for better or worse.

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Old Country Comfort: How the British Might Save American Music (Again)

The British saved rock 'n' roll, reignited the blues, and may just make country music more American.

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Ray Davies: See My Friends

Ray Davies' latest album is part tribute compilation, part vanity project. Mark my words, no one will be discussing this a year from now.

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The Year In Music: July 2010

July 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was full of new releases, high-profile concerts, and TV specials.

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TV Party Tonight: Interview with the 88

Frontman Keith Slettedahl recently called in from sunny California to talk with PopMatters about their new album, new priorities, and the band's continuing presence on silver and small screens.

Jane Jansen Seymour
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Kelley Stoltz: To Dreamers

This batch of lo-fi home recordings is Stoltz's best effort to date because it perfectly fits the image his fans have had of him all along: A music lover holed up in his bedroom, knee-deep in a pile of instruments, smiling back at posters of Ray Davies and David Bowie.

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Erosion Nearly Complete, Music Industry Begins Reconstruction at SXSW 2010

SXSW conference attendees took a workmanlike “how-to” approach to discussing new revenue streams, replacing the “what do we do now?” tone of recent years.

Dennis Shin
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Please Please Me: Sixties British Pop, Inside Out by Gordon Thompson

This book is one of the most thorough, as well as one of the most entertaining and engaging, treatises on the topic yet written.

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Ray Davies

A master songwriter and relentless showman, Davies has always had a knack for the chord change or lyrical turn that can snap you back into focus and cause you to rearrange your life.

Jon Langmead
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Ray Davies: Working Man's Café

Legendary Kinks leader Ray Davies continues his new and vibrant solo career with another very strong album of nicely varied songs that focus on the trials of the middle class.

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Ray Davies: Other People's Lives

The first true full-length studio album from the legendary leader of The Kinks is spectacular.


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