The Kinks : songs of the semi-detached / Mark Doyle.
- London : Reaktion Books, 2020.
- Reverb series
248 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
- Kinks (Musical group).
Kinks (Musical group) -- Homes and haunts -- England -- London.
Rock musicians -- England -- Biography.
England -- London.
- Of all the great British bands to emerge from the 1960s, none had a stronger sense of place than the Kinks. Often described as the archetypal English band, they were above all a quintessentially working-class band with a deep attachment to London. Mark Doyle examines the relationship between the Kinks and their city, from their early songs of teenage rebellion to their album-length works of social criticism. He finds fascinating and sometimes surprising connections with figures as diverse as Edmund Burke, John Clare and Charles Dickens. More than just a book about the Kinks, this is a book about a social class undergoing a series of profound changes, and about a group of young men who found a way to describe, lament and occasionally even celebrate those changes through song.
- Includes bibliography (pages 231-234), discography (pages 235-238), and index.
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