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The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the '60s decade. The band emerged during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the United States until their touring ban in 1965. Their third single, the Ray Davies-penned "You Really Got Me", became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States. Between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, the group released a string of hit singles; studio albums drew good reviews but sold less than compilations of their singles. Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk and country. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fueled by Ray Davies' observational writing style. Albums such as Face to Face (1966), Something Else (1967), The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur (1969), Lola Versus Powerman (1970), Muswell Hillbillies (1971), along with their accompanying singles, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period.

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Joan Shelley announces tour with James Elkington (who covered The Kinks)

The tour is in support of Joan's new self-titled album and James' new album Wintres Woma, which is out now on Paradise of Bachelors. James plays on Joan's new album, and he'll also be playing in her band on this tour... Continue reading…

via Brooklyn Vegan at July 25, 2017

The Kinks’ Ray Davies says ‘Brexit is bigger than the Berlin Wall’

Singer-songwriter also gives his thoughts on Donald TrumpRay Davies will receive a knighthood today The Kinks frontman Ray Davies – now Sir Ray Davies – has opened up about his Brexit fears. The veteran singer-songwriter said the …Continue reading…

via NME at May 11, 2017

John Mellencamp Talks Bob Dylan, Stephen King, Touring With the Kinks

via Rolling Stone at May 2, 2017

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