San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
If you ever imagined the all-konquering Kinks leader was eccentric, driven, lumpy, grumpy, farcically parsimonious and supernaturally gifted, then Johnny Rogan's fascinating new memoir will confirm it. It's called - and not without reason - Ray Davies: A Complicated Life.
Johnny's written over 20 music books, among them the superb Byrds: Requiem For The Timeless, Vol. 1 and the highly celebrated Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance - after which Morrissey famously declared that he personally hoped Rogan would "end his days very soon in an M3 pile-up".
This promises to be a highly revealing and outspoken evening, Johnny in conversation with David Hepworth and Mark Ellen - with a second attraction soon to be announced.
Here's a taste of the Ray Davies book, a piece Mark wrote in a recent edition of New Statesman: http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2015/03/kinks-frontman-ray-davies-imprisoned-rock-legend-or-just-plain-mean
And to start the evening, Rick Buckler will talk about colourful times with Paul Weller, as detailed in his upcoming autobiography 'That's Entertainment: My Life in the Jam', and shed some light on why the reunion still seems a long way off.
It's The Kinks plus The Jam. Book Early.
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Word In Your Ear
Word In Your Ear evenings are put together by Word Magazine veterans David Hepworth and Alex Gold, and seek to provide something over and above the usual night of live music in a pub.