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Some things went well on The Kinks’ first American tour, in the summer of 1965: the band discovered the pleasures of pizza, malted milkshakes, and buxom groupies. But the band was in turmoil; earlier that year, Dave Davies and Mick Avory had a fight onstage in Wales, which started with Davies spitting at Avory and ended with Avory hitting Davies over the head with the pedal to his high-hat cymbal. So none of The Kinks were speaking to each other, and on any given night, the band’s management wasn’t sure how the Kinks would behave: whether they would do a full show, or come to blows, or treat the audience to a 45-minute version of “You Really Got Me” (as the band’s road manager says they did on one evening, although a roadie insists they didn’t play the song for the entire show).

Although Ray Davies has called tales of The Kinks’ American misbehavior “character assassination, [a] plot to destroy us,” sources close to the band confirm that they found trouble wherever they went, at least some of it of their own making. The band skipped a show in Sacramento, Ray Davies punched a union official who kept insinuating that England was already as good as Communist, and they appeared on a Dick Clark special for NBC without paying their mandatory dues to the American Federation of Television and Recording Artists. The upshot was the Federation blacklisted them–although they never gave a specific reason as to why–and the Kinks could not return to the States for over four years. Years later, Davies mused, “In many respects, that ridiculous ban took away the best years of The Kinks’ career when the original band was performing at its peak.”

(Excerpted from the 2006 book Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton’s Little John?: written by Gavin Edwards.)

 

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The Kinks reissue there classic albums in brand new deluxe format. Seven iconic albums set for bonus packed re-releases this spring and summer. Featuring rarities, outtakes, demos, session tracks and in depth liner notes, the series of re-issues begins with the band’s first three albums; ‘Kinks’ (1964), ‘Kinda Kinks’ (1965) and ‘The Kink Kontroversey’ (1965) on March 28th. ‘Muswell Hillbillies’ (1971) and ‘Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)’ (1969) will follow in May with ‘Face to Face’ (1966) and ‘Somethin’ Else’ (1967) in July. Following the 2010 release of ‘See My Friends’, Ray Davies’ collection of new versions of Kinks classics featuring the talents of Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, Metallica and more, these are the iconic albums from which many of those re-worked songs were lifted. Summer 2011 is set to be a Kinks-centric season indeed, with Ray Davies following in the footsteps of David Bowie, Patti Smith and Morrissey by curating the South Bank Centre’s Meltdown event in June, further details of which are to be announced shortly.

 

 

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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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Pete Quaife in action during a gig in Holland in the sixties. The Kinks played at that time on a regular base in Holland. And as you can see on the pictures with great enthusiasm and pleasure. More pictures to follow.

 

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RIP Pete Quaife

Very sad news in Kinkdom. The founding member and the original bass guitarist of The Kinks Pete Quaife died on June 24, 2010, aged 66. You can read a obituary on the site of Rolling Stone Magazine.

 

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The Kinks are inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in he US and in the UK. Watch the video below of the induction in the UK.

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