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One of the great musical innovators in the history of pop, singer-songwriter Davies shot to prominence in the Sixties as the front man and main creative force in The Kinks. The writer of a series of inspired hits (including such classics as You Really Got Me, Tired Of Waiting For You, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon and Waterloo Sunset), Davies established himself as one of the great laureates of British pop. The wit and subtlety of his lyrics express an essentially British suburban sensibility – yet the music of The Kinks appealed to pop fans all over the world, including the United States, where the band became one of the most important contributors of British music to the US in the early Sixties.

Describing a remarkable career that catapulted Davies from a modest boyhood home in London’s Muswell Hill to some of the greatest rock stadiums in the world, this film assesses the work of a uniquely talented musician and lyricist whose work has influenced successive generations of rock bands, including outfits as diverse as The Who, The Ramones, The Clash, The Pretenders, Blur and the Kaiser Chiefs. As The Who’s Pete Townshend put it: “Davies … invented a new kind of poetry and a new kind of language for pop writing that influenced me from the very, very, very beginning.” You can watch it here.

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See My Friends 2

Ray Davies and Pete Townshend

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The Kinks performed live in Holland in the Fruitmarket Halls of Beverwijk in 1965 with a Dutch band called The Hamlets.

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