The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached

A new book has been released by Mark Doyle covering a social study around the songs of Ray Davies and The Kinks. The SHINDIG review says it all.

A completely different look at Kinks history from the usual type of book, you could say that this book has been waiting to be written for a long time.

As a piece of rock criticism this is a masterful text, and as an examination of social change in 20th Century Blighty, it is as illuminating as it’s possible to get.

Doyle unravels the Kinks’ relationship to working class England in a variety of ways, casting a light on Ray Davies’ genius for creating immediately identifiable characters as vehicles for social commentary. Doyle’s insights into the subject matter of Davies’ lyrics are particularly illuminating, with the deliberate ambiguity of meaning in his composition a vital factor in their enduring appeal.

That half-smile may have lent a clue, but Davies’ veering between sneering hipster and Victorian Romantic meant that one was never sure that all was what it seemed.

Davies’ own love affair with London and its people is brought to life through the author’s exhaustive research and his commensurate skill in both contextualising the songs and celebrating the “apartness” of their creator. A compelling read for anyone even remotely interested in the band and its music.’ – Shindig

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Ian Gibbons

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Fan Club Meeting 2019 – SOLD OUT

THE OFFICIAL KINKS FAN CLUB MEETING

SUNDAY, 24th NOVEMBER 2019

Upstairs in THE DOME at the Boston Arms London.

With

KAST OFF KINKS (plus former band members as available)

SOLD OUT

Doors 1.00pm till 6.00pm

PLEASE NOTE

Due to the sad loss of Ian Gibbons, it will not be the usual full performance by Kast off Kinks, Pete Watkins had already been asked to be involved performing tracks from “Arthur”, and other members of the band will be looking at how they can put something together for the Fan Club, we will update you as and when we have further details

We are not intending to cancel the show.

Fan Club Meeting, 25 November 2018

THE OFFICIAL KINKS FAN CLUB MEETING

SOLD OUT

SUNDAY, 25th NOVEMBER 2018

Upstairs in THE DOME at the Boston Arms London.

With

 KAST OFF KINKS (plus former band members as available)

Doors 1.00pm till 6.00pm

New Exhibition in collaboration with The Kinks

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