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Kink: An Autobiography

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  211 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
In a raw and riveting, completely candid autobiography, Dave Davies, co-founder of the legendary, ever-popular English rock band The Kinks, delves into the turbulence of his own amazing life: sex, drugs, and rock and roll; his famous feuds with brother Ray; and an insider's life in the steamy center of the music scene. of photos.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 16th 1998 by Hyperion (first published 1996)
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Nov 10, 2008 Abby rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, music
Dear Dave Davies: I don't know. You are a brilliant guitar player, you wrote some great songs, and you seem like a pretty decent guy. I loved hearing the stories behind songs like "See My Friends" and "David Watts" and "Arthur" and your evident love for your family, friends & country is charming. But when you started talking about your psychic powers and telepathic communication with invisible beings from outer space, you kind of lost me. So you get only 2 1/2 stars, sorry. Next time, maybe ...more
Dec 26, 2007 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: music lovers
Great straight ahead autobiography about the Kinks. Amazing stories that involve everyone from Keith Moon, to Brian Jones, John Lennon, and so on. Paints a vivid picture of the period and that particular scene. And of course, Dave is way far out there! So much so, that he later describes his encounters with aliens! Good Read.
Aug 07, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing
Most Honest and up music Book i have ever read ............
Mar 28, 2012 Molly rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: sure
dave davies is disturbed
Oct 06, 2013 Kelli rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013, biography
Not half way through yet. TMI - interesting but there is a great deal here that I don't want to know about. yuck.

OK I finished. This is an interesting read if you are a fan, but I can't say it is a good book overall. As an educator I am familiar with Gardners Theory of Multiple Intelligences, but Dave Davies Theory of Multiple Intelligences was just too much for me. Had to skim that chapter as well as most of the last chapter. Ironically after that Dave took offence when people dismissed him as
Drew Geraci
Jan 29, 2016 Drew Geraci rated it it was amazing
One of the most honest autobiographies of any pop/rock musical performer ever. He speaks of being a brash teenager when The Kinks rode The British Invasion, occasionally knocking The Beatles aside in popularity in the hit-song race of the time. He speaks of high highs and low lows. He speaks of brother and band-leader Ray with dead honesty, love and acknowledgement of his foibles. Dave also shares intimate moments not known to the public prior to this book's publication. The Kinks went from supe ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Ken rated it liked it
Although presented as an “outrageous” true story of a rock-and-roll party-animal, this book is best viewed as a cautionary tale of how unfettered drugs, sex and money can turn a poor boy into an irresponsible, paranoid, delusional madman. Toward the end of the book, Davies finds “redemption” in the occult, believes he’s inhabited by alien consciousnesses, can’t maintain a caring relationship with anyone (least of all brother Ray), and is generally spoiled and self-centered. What a jerk!

Perhaps u
Jim Booth
Jun 24, 2014 Jim Booth rated it it was amazing
Dave Davies is a "rock star's rock star." He's guilty of all the excesses of the profession, probably slightly, mad, and a wonderful guy for all that. Most of the criticism of him comes from people who, I suspect, don't know either the business or the lifestyle except as outsiders. Judge him as one will, everything in this book rings true....

See my full review at http://newsoutherngentleman.wordpress... - link at my Goodreads page. Thanks for stopping by....
May 02, 2016 Brian rated it liked it
While the history about the Kinks from one perspective was fascinating, it was rambling and a bit disjointed at times. Dave Davies is an amazing guitarist, but I don't care for his writing style.

I have purposely not read autobiographies/biographies of musical artists the reason being I don't want the "personal" to interfere with how I feel about the music. Since I knew so little about the Kinks, I relaxed my rule to find out why the brothers don't get a long and more information about the songs
Dec 21, 2015 Brandon rated it really liked it
I appreciated this memoir from the slightly less celebrated Davies brother. A great guitar player with an attitude and plenty of great behind the scenes stories.
Suzanne Kelly
Jan 21, 2016 Suzanne Kelly rated it liked it
I was disappointed in this book. Some parts of it were great but it seemed Dave Davies kept slipping into repeated descriptions of the drugs, sex and rock and roll of the old days interspersed with sniping at his brother. I wonder if Ray's autobiography is out there. I'd like to hear his side of things. I also thought a good editor might have been able to do more with this book. Dave would segue into some of his alien and spiritual ramblings in the middle of a description of something completely ...more
Paul Lyons
Jan 21, 2013 Paul Lyons rated it liked it
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Jan 13, 2009 David rated it liked it
I've liked the kinks for a long time, and always gave all the credit to frontman Ray Davies. Dave was just the guy who did "Death of a Clown", right? Wrong. He wrote some of the Kinks' best music and went uncredited by his unappreciative brother. (This is Dave's story, I have yet to read Ray's book.)

The book opens with a bang -- Dave is rocking out, and destroying hotel rooms, getting out of his mind drunk, and fucking everyone, and co-creating songs that Paul McCartney wishes he wrote. And whe
Jan 03, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it
I loved the Kinks in my teenage years and was really pleased to find this out of print book in a bookshop on a National Trust Property for the amazing price of 50p.
Unlike some biographies I've read where some things are glossed over, this really seems to be a very honest, warts and all life story. The many clashes between Dave and his brother Ray are legendary but I think that Dave being the youngest child in the family got spoilt by his mother, had women and hangers on telling him how great he
Jan 19, 2016 Kinksrock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A true tell-all. Dave Davies lays it out on the line, whether he comes out of his narrative looking good or bad, including his sexcapades and belief that he was contacted by extra-terrestrials.
Jun 24, 2016 Jodie rated it liked it
not as good as the first. but it was still a pretty suspenseful read.
Dec 25, 2008 Rachy rated it liked it
Shelves: music-related
I found this to be an easy read full of interesting information on the Kinks, unlike his brother's book, which was a novelization of his life. But I was lost somewhere near the end with all the hippie crap. I skimmed most of it. But it was interesting to read Dave's perspective on his brother Ray. The jealousy from childhood to mental breakdowns to his reaction to his mother's death. If you are a Kinks fan and love the songs, you should definitely give this book a try.
Chris Leib
Nov 14, 2009 Chris Leib rated it liked it
Poor Dave . . . . still harbouring resentment toward his brother, Ray, for "stealing" his thunder with The kinks. That, and a chapter that seriously points to strong evidence of Dave's schizophrenia, make this more of a tragic tale than the joyful celebration of one of rock's most gifted and influential groups it was surely intended to be.
Drew Athans
Jun 25, 2014 Drew Athans rated it it was amazing
My full and detailed review is on my website at

Essential reading, along with Ray's two books, for any Kinks fan. Dave's book is more straightforward, but no less informative, enjoyable, and interesting.
Dec 13, 2007 minnie rated it really liked it
From memory I enjoyed this more than Ray's book ,yes Dave definitely lived the rock n roll lifestyle while Ray sat at home and wrote the songs.Many tales of band infighting, illegitimate children etc but Dave Davies comes across as quite a nice down to earth person if just a tad mad!
Oct 18, 2008 Nate rated it liked it
Shelves: music
I love the Kinks and Dave is my favorite Kink. An utter madman, its amazing he remembers enough to write a book. Not as well written as Ray's book, its also less pretentious and more straight forward. Drifts off toward the end when Dave starts seeing UFOs and what not.
Jan 09, 2008 Mark rated it liked it
Interesting, and fun to learn about the most underrated of The Big 4 British Invasion bands, but a little too martyr-ish for this reader...
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