An Evening With Ray Davies - Americana: The Kinks, The Road, and the Perfect Riff

Date: 10/05/2014 Times: 7pm Prices: £18 / £16 conc Location: Norwich Playhouse

Meet Ray Davies, lead singer of The Kinks. Part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

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Description

Step into the Playhouse and get ready to revisit some of the best riffs and stories played out by Kinks legend, Ray Davies. Hosted by rock musician, author and cartoonist Peter Blegvad, Davies will reveal what music, fame and America really mean to him.

Davies will re-tell his story through Americana, where he tries to make sense of his long love-hate relationship with the country that both inspired and frustrated him. You’ll be invited to ask your own questions as Davies revisits some of the most fascinating characters in recent pop culture through both an exclusive half-hour film and in conversation.

As part of the British Invasion, Davies toured the US with the Kinks during one of the most tumultuous eras in American history. He fell in love with the country - its movies and music, its culture of freedom all fed his imagination.  Decades later, while living in New Orleans, a shooting (a result of a botched robbery) nearly took his life.

This will be a very personal road trip. Come and share Davies’ life and storied career as a rock star with the Kinks, life on the road and on his hunt for the perfect riff - book now.

About Ray Davies

An iconic rock legend, Ray Davies inspired generations of musicians - from the Who and the Clash to the Ramones and Black Sabbath - as lead singer and songwriter of the Kinks. Since the Kinks disbanded, he has embarked on a solo career and continues to tour and record. He has also acted, directed, and produced shows for theatre and television. Davies was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004 and in 2012, his performance of the Kinks song 'Waterloo Sunset' was a highlight of the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. On his most recent album, See My Friends (2011), he collaborated with such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, and Jon Bon Jovi.

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