Release date: 7th October 2022
Face to Face is one of the finest collections of pop songs released during the '60s. Conceived as a loose concept album, Face to Face sees Ray Davies' fascination with English class and social structures flourish, as he creates a number of vivid character portraits.
Davies' growth as a lyricist coincided with the Kinks' musical growth. Face to Face is filled with wonderful moments, whether it's the mocking Hawaiian guitars of the rocker "Holiday in Waikiki," the droning Eastern touches of "Fancy," the music hall shuffle of "Dandy," or the lazily rolling "Sunny Afternoon."
These examples only scratches the surface of the riches of Face to Face, which offers other classics like "Rosy Won't You Please Come Home," "Party Line," "Too Much on My Mind," "Rainy Day in June," and "Most Exclusive Residence for Sale," making the record one of the most distinctive and accomplished albums of its time.
You Really Got Me: The Story Of The Kinks
Nick Hasted's illuminating (Guardian) biography of The Kinks draws on years of in-depth interviews with the band's creative siblings, Ray and Dave Davies, as well as new ones conducted especially for this book.
Also interviewed are Mick Avory, Chrissie Hynde, Tom Robinson, Julien Temple and Wim Wenders. New light is thrown on a turbulent 30-year career scarred by suicide attempts, on-stage fights, recurring mental breakdowns and a refusal to live by anyone else's rules. Explored in detail are:
- Why The Kinks became the only Sixties British band to be banned from America at the height of their success.
- The real reason behind original bassist Pete Quaife quitting the group in 1968.
- Ray Davies' fraught relationship with Chrissie Hynde.
- The origins of the mythic Village Green celebrated in The Kinks' classic 1968 album.
- The Kinks' later years which rehabilitated their reputation in America.
Now updated to include details of the hit musical Sunny Afternoon and an up-to-the-minute report on the troubled relationship between the Davies brothers, You Really Got Me is the ultimate Kinks biography