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The story of The Kinks is not one for the faint-hearted, and in this updated biography Marten and Hudson lift the lid on one of England's most idiosyncratic and charming bands. Nervous breakdowns, resignations, punch-ups, guitars wielded as weapons, drug abuse, glasses without lenses, food fight, alien sightings, in-yer-face spitting and mental torture - the Kinks have become a rock'n'roll legend!
The songs of Ray Davies have inspired bands and artists across the full spectrum of pop and rock music, from Blur, Pulp and Paul Weller to Van Halen. Their capacity for anarchy, humour and storytelling has lead to some of the most durable and widely-adored songs of the English pop canon, including Lola, Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me and Dedicated Follow Of Fashion.
The band's inventive productions pre-dated even The Beatles, and their musical talent eclipsed The Rolling Stones. This is their story, compiled from interviews and anecdotes, and featuring photographs spanning Ray Davies' career.