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Book Review – Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story

Ray Davies relays the story of the Kinks in new tell-all book

 

 

In  Americana – The Kinks, The Road and The Perfect Riff  Ray Davies of The Kinks. opines on his frustrations and clear affection for the changing America he witnessed from the initial “British Invasion” days of the 1960s, through each decade up to and including the noughties.

 

Waxing lyrical (literally and figuratively), Davies is clearly a… Read More

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The Mad Dog Blog

GSTV’s Mad Dog Blogger rounds up the latest in new books, albums and films

 

As the onset of Springtime wakens woodland creatures from their winter slumber and promises longer days and balmy evenings, the receding frost uncovers gems old and new in the forest and the Mad Dog pitter patters in wide-eyed wonder amongst the…….WHOA, sorry – been listening to too much Jethro Tull recently. Won’t happen again.

 

My television is bruised purple and my DVD player is still shaking like… Read More

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Kinks Musical Headed for London Stage

Sunny Afternoon will use the music of the Kinks to bring Ray Davies‘ early life story to the stage

 

A new musical based on the music of legendary rock band the Kinks is bound for the London stage next year. Sunny Afternoon, named for the band’s 1966 hit, will use the Kinks’ music to tell the story of Ray Davies’ early life and how he came to form the group… Read More

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Holiday Playlist: The Kinks “Father Christmas”

The Kinks weave social commentary, a hooky chorus, and a bitchin’ guitar tone into a Christmas rock anthem

 

 

Kinks frontman Ray Davies was never one to shy away from social commentary. However like most of what he wrote, he tended to deliver it with a wry twist. This is especially evident in “Father Christmas“; the Kinks’ 1977 single about a guy who dresses as… Read More

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Mad Dog Blog: Mott the Hoople and the Temperance Movement

Our in-house Brit reviews Mott the Hoople’s London reunion and a gig from UK rising rock sensations, the Temperance Movement

 

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First off, check out this article and photos from the UK press covering the Pope’s blessing of hog riders and their machines during a gathering in Rome to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the venerable Harley Davidson.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2342942/Pope-Francis-Hundreds-bikers-blessed-Harley-Davidsons-110th-birthday.html

 

During the mass, the Pontiff cautioned that “power and pleasure, amongst others things, leads to God… Read More

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