By Ray Davies
As a boy in post-War England, mythical Kinks' singer/songwriter Ray Davies fell in love with America--its videos and song, its tradition of freedom, fed his mind's eye. Then, as a part of the British Invasion, he toured the USA with the Kinks in the course of the most tumultuous eras in fresh history--until the Kinks crew used to be 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 just about took his existence. In Americana, Davies attempts to make experience of his lengthy love-hate dating 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 profession as a rock celebrity, and divulges what track, popularity, and the United States particularly suggest to him. probably the most interesting characters in fresh popular culture make appearances, from the well-known to the might be even-more-interesting behind-the-scenes gamers. The ebook additionally incorporates a photographic insert with photographs from Davies's personal assortment from the band's archive.
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It was a friendly place but there were a lot of lost souls down there, and perhaps I was just another one of them. Songs about lost souls in haunted places summed up my predicament perfectly. Who was I, and where was I going? I bought a Big Chief notepad at a Winn-Dixie store and took a streetcar called Desire. Walked to Elysian Fields and fell in love with the place. It fascinated me but disturbed me. THE TOURIST “I’m just another tourist Walking around the slums With my plastic Visa Out drinking with my chums.
Later, as I watched the images play back through the camera, I wondered what version of reality I was actually living in. It was unclear what was the real world and what was fake. The cab passed the old TWA terminal, which was like a derelict reminder of the glory days of Howard Hughes–style air travel. When it opened in the 1960s, the terminal was a state-of-the-art, futuristic example of what passenger-driven aviation should represent—an architectural dream with large arches, extravagant stairways, and spacious check-in areas.
However, the thing that clinched it for me was that Rory said that she originally came from St. Paul. When I was kid and played guitar with my brother Dave we often sang a song called “Big River” by one of our heroes, Johnny Cash, who claimed in the song to have met a woman accidently in a bar in St. Paul. That coincidence settled it for me; even though in Mr. Cash’s song “Big River” he ended up crying floods of tears for “that” woman, I was still not deterred. I hoped that I would survive. But who was I kidding?
Americana - The Kinks, The Road and The Perfect Riff by Ray Davies