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X-Ray (Paperback)

Author:  Ray Davies
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 087951664X
ISBN-13: 9780879516642
Sku: 30218561
Publish Date: 2/28/2015
 
From the Publisher:
This subversively brilliant, one-of-a-kind rock autobiography ingeniously styled as a biography, is written to capture the essence of Ray Davies, lead singer and songwriter of the Kinks and one of the greatest rock and rollers of all time. Part autobiography, part social history, part psychological thriller, this elusive and daring book exposes rock stardom as the heaven, hell and purgatory it is.The Kinks lead singer and song writer tells the story of his life and career to a nameless writer hired by "the Corporation" to be the rock singer's biographer
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Part science fiction novel, part "unauthorized autobiography," and completely Ray Davies' way of distancing himself from his own story in order to tell it better, X-RAY begins with its young protagonist ("my name is of no importance...") being assigned by his employers, the mysterious Corporation, to chronicle the reclusive fictional Davies' life, with a view to eventually destroying him. It's a measure of Davies' storytelling powers that this 1984-like device doesn't distract from the book's main purpose--a behind-the-scenes look at the neuroses, machinations, tantrums, excesses, and musical brilliance of one of the 1960s' most creative songwriters. Davies recounts the roots of his early mistrust of authority, his exposure to the boredom, backbiting, and drudgery of a "real job," and his realization that even the wealth and trappings of pop stardom couldn't free him from the strictures of a society he despised. It's not all bad, of course--the assorted traumas produce some great songs, and the drugs and debauchery provide some interesting diversions; but the overall impression Davies gives in this unsparingly honest work of semi-fiction is that he's a man born out of time, a misfit in his own age.Part science fiction novel, part "unauthorized autobiography," and completely Ray Davies' way of distancing himself from his own story in order to tell it better, X-RAY begins with its young protagonist ("my name is of no importance...") being assigned by his employers, the mysterious Corporation, to chronicle the reclusive fictional Davies' life, with a view to eventually destroying him. It's a measure of Davies' storytelling powers that this 1984-like device doesn't distract from the book's main purpose--a behind-the-scenes look at the neuroses, machinations, tantrums, excesses, and musical brilliance of one of the 1960s' most creative songwriters. Davies recounts the roots of his early mistrust of authority, his exposure to the boredom, backbiting, and drudgery of a "real job," and his realization that even the wealth and trappings of pop stardom couldn't free him from the strictures of a society he despised. It's not all bad, of course--the assorted traumas produce some great songs, and the drugs and debauchery provide some interesting diversions; but the overall impression Davies gives in this unsparingly honest work of semi-fiction is that he's a man born out of time, a misfit in his own age.

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Kirkus Reviews
"[Davies writes] with much of the perversity, charm, and uneasy wit of his most ambitious lyrics." 07/15/1995
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