By Ray Davies
As a boy in post-War England, mythical Kinks' singer/songwriter Ray Davies fell in love with America--its videos and song, its tradition of freedom, fed his mind's eye. Then, as a part of the British Invasion, he toured the USA with the Kinks in the course of the most tumultuous eras in contemporary history--until the Kinks crew used to be banned from acting there from 1965-69. Many excursions and journeys later, whereas residing in New Orleans, he skilled a transformative occasion: the capturing (a results of a botched theft) that just about took his lifestyles. In Americana, Davies attempts to make experience of his lengthy love-hate courting with the rustic that either encouraged and annoyed him. From his quintessentially English standpoint as a Kink, Davies--with candor, humor, and wit--takes us on a truly own highway journey via his lifestyles and storied occupation as a rock big name, and divulges what song, reputation, and the United States particularly suggest to him. probably the most interesting characters in fresh popular culture make appearances, from the recognized to the probably even-more-interesting behind-the-scenes avid gamers. The booklet additionally contains a photographic insert with photos from Davies's personal assortment from the band's archive.
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I bought a Big Chief notepad at a Winn-Dixie store and took a streetcar called Desire. Walked to Elysian Fields and fell in love with the place. It fascinated me but disturbed me. THE TOURIST “I’m just another tourist Walking around the slums With my plastic Visa Out drinking with my chums. ” EVERYBODY IS ENTITLED to their own opinion, and some people who are supposed to be in the know say that without a doubt New Orleans is the place that spawned the origins of rock and roll. My impression is that even though rock music is represented in the city by clubs like the House of Blues, the Howlin’ Wolf, and various other venues around town, rock doesn’t exist much there, or even strike me as being more popular than any other kind of music.
One morning in the autumn of 2002, a husband and wife walked out the door of their detached house, which was neatly placed on a corner of a tree-lined street in New Orleans. As they were getting into their car, two men in an old red saloon approached. One got out, walked over, and began to ask the husband, Brad, for directions before pulling out a shotgun. In a few seconds, the couple had lost control of their liberty and were at the mercy of their captors, who savoured the control the guns had given them.
His “hex” had worked on me—he must do it to every tourist who visited the hotel—and the frozen daiquiris I drank afterwards didn’t help. The next day we moved to a B&B in the Marigny district, a quieter area away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter. I was booked in for approximately two weeks, but was going to look for somewhere more permanent if I decided to come back in the future. I chilled out for a couple of days and took an instant liking to the city, although I was still undecided about living in New Orleans, and needed to explore the place first.
Americana - The Kinks, The Road and The Perfect Riff by Ray Davies