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Ray Davies

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 November 1967

THERE is something of the smoking volcano about Ray Davies. Six foot of suppressed quietly spoken, quietly smiling and quietly watching! It is what some ...

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The Kinks' Ray Davies (1992)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages audio, 23 January 1992

The King Kink on politics; songwriting (and titling!); cover versions of his songs; on Joe Meek and Noel Coward; on Chrissie Hynde, and on living with his songs for so many years.

File format: mp3; file size: 49.5mb, interview length: 54' 07" sound quality: ****

Ray Davies (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages audio, February 2006

The King Kink on getting shot in New Orleans, his relationship with brother Dave, his childhood and upbringing, and on songwriting and lyrics, plus so much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 56mb, total interview length: 58' 21" sound quality: ****

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The Definitive Ray Davies Interview

Interview by Glenn O'Brien, Interview, January 1973

Glenn O'Brien, with the help of Warhol Superstars Candy Darling and Tinkerbelle, talks to Kink Ray Davies ...

Ray Davies

Guide by Alan Betrock, ZigZag, January 1975

KINK RAY DAVIES is a well respected man when it comes to composing, and dozens of his compositions are justly regarded as classics. There really ...

The Kinks: Low Budget (Arista)

Review by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, 29 September 1979

THE TROUBLE with Ray Davies is that since he forsook the stark, three-chord spleen of 'You Really Got Me' and 'All Day & All Of ...

Ray Davies

Interview by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, September 1981

MINNEAPOLIS: "It's like death in here," Ray Davies says, inauspiciously welcoming me into Marquette Inn room 1453. The shades are drawn, no lights are on. ...

Ray Davies: Sadness and A Kind Of Fame

Interview by Johnny Black, The Sunday Times, 18 March 1984

RAY DAVIES has always been a rough diamond. The famous gap-toothed smile is still there, he mumbles through his polysyllables and, bit by bit, he ...

Ray Davies Gets the Kinks Out Musically

Interview by Charles Bermant, The Globe and Mail, 6 December 1986

BY VIRTUE OF its title, The Kinks' new Think Visual album should have a more elaborate cover. Instead it is only an exaggerated supergraphic, with ...

Kontemplating the Kinks: Nothing's as Bad as Ray Davies Thinks

Interview by John Hutchinson, Musician, January 1987

RAY DAVIES, we've always been told, is quintessentially English. The classic Kinks songs of the '60s – 'Dedicated Follower Of Fashion', 'Sunny Afternoon', 'Waterloo Sunset' ...

Three Minutes: Ray Davies

Interview by Stuart Maconie, MOJO, June 1994

It's an exacting, exhilarating discipline: everything you want to say condensed into 180 seconds. "It's the ultimate song structure and I hope it'll never die." ...

Ten Questions for Ray Davies

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1997

What's happening in Kink land? ...

Kinks: The Singles Collection/Waterloo Sunset — The Songs Of Ray Davies

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, December 1997

It's a shame about Ray: Classic chartbreakers and their creator's solo furrow ...

Ray Davies

Interview by Tom Cox, Uncut, January 1998

How do you feel about this so-called line of classic quintessentially English songwriters starting with you, continuing with Paul Weller and ending with Damon Albarn? ...

Ray Davies: Story Teller

Profile and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 4 October 2001

IT HAS BEEN less than a week since the terrorist attacks, and Ray Davies just doesn't have his mind on music. ...

Ray Davies at Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 1 October 2004

"It's been a very difficult year for everybody," Ray Davies admits, the nearest he gets to acknowledging his being shot in the leg by muggers ...

Ray Davies: Return To Waterloo/Come Dancing With The Kinks

Film/DVD/TV Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, November 2004

Double bill of Ray Davies' '80s video output ...

Ray Davies (2006) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages transcripts, February 2006

This is a transcript of Gavin's audio interview with Ray. Hear the interview here ...

Ray Davies: Supper Club, NYC

Live Review by Larry Jaffee, Record Collector, February 2006

RAY DAVIES, the leader of the Kinks, is back in circulation after an extended layoff, due to getting shot in New Orleans while trying to ...

Rock of the Aged: Morrison, Gilmour, Davies, Fagen

Review by Steven Ward, Las Vegas Weekly, 23 March 2006

YOU KNOW WHAT Van Morrison, David Gilmour, Ray Davies and Donald Fagen have in common, besides their royal rank in rock geezerdom? They have new ...

Ray Davies: Album By Album

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, November 2007

"MY SONGWRITING has been my ally through life," Ray Davies muses, "because I ain't got much else." As the creative force behind the Kinks, Davies ...

Ray Davies: A Dedicated Chronicler of Fashions

Profile and Interview by Jon Savage, The Observer, 28 November 2010

IN LATE 1965, Ray Davies threw a party. One of his guests was a clothes designer, and as Davies recalled: "I got pissed off with ...

The dramatic ups and downs of Ray Davies

Interview by Rob Fitzpatrick, The Word, July 2012

RAY DAVIES is not an easy man to pin down. Our interview is planned for 5pm at a café in Highgate. No, hang on; it's ...

Ray Davies: A Complicated Life by Johnny Rogan

Book Review by Chris Charlesworth, Rock's Backpages, February 2015

WELL RESPECTED certainly but hardly a flower to be looked at and most unlikely to laze around in the afternoon, sunny or otherwise. The life ...

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