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Ray Davies.

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ISBN 10: 0670829269 / ISBN 13: 9780670829262
Published by Viking, London, 1994, 1994
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First edition. Hardback. Signed by Ray Davies. Tiny nick to foot of spine. otherwise near fine in very good slightly edgeworn dust jacket. Not price-clipped. Bookseller Inventory # A128124

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Title: X-Ray (signed copy)

Publisher: Viking, London, 1994

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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This is an examination of the life of Ray Davies, leader of The Kinks. From 1964 he has been one of the brightest, sharpest, wittiest and most popular of British musicians. Instead of a conventional narrative, Davies has set the book in the future as a confrontation between his aged self and a young journalist who is researching his life. The result is a caustic, witty and ultimately moving self-portrait of one of the most influential British rock musicians, a figure whose work with The Kinks has made him admired, copied and in some quarters, revered. It is also a picture of England from the fifties to the present day - and after.

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The shocking and edgy memoirs of Ray Davies, a dedicated enemy of fashion and the lead singer of The Kinks, is the must-read rock book of the year. Subversively brilliant, this one-of-a-kind rock autobiography, ingeniously styled as a biography, is written by a nameless, faceless writer hired by an Orwellian entity called "the Corporation" to capture the essence of Ray Davies, lead singer and song writer of The Kinks and one of the greatest rock and rollers of all time. "R.D". tells the story of his life - or does he? Tales of London and the rock scene of the swinging Sixties evolve in a labrynthine and thoroughly engrossing fashion as the Kinks frontman reveals his life and times to the young writer, often seemingly passing his stories directly into the writer's consciousness. Carnaby street, "Top of the Pops", The Cavern Club, the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the Who and other fixtures of the times fade in and out of this compelling narrative. Part autobiography, part social history, part psychological thriller, this elusive and daring book exposes rock stardom as the heaven, hell, and purgatory it is.

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