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X Ray by Ray Davies
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Feb 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: poptastic, autobiogs
Read from January 31 to February 03, 2012

It's not too often I rate four stars to books that inhabit the genre of 'poptastic'. Ray Davies has written a biography that is most certainly unique. 'X-Ray' from 1994, just two years before The Kinks split, is much more than a memoir of the swinging sixties. Introduced on the front cover as 'The Unauthorized Autobiography' Davies has written this in an almost Kafkaesque style.
The man himself shape shifts in and out of shadows, dark memories, light humour with the backdrop of music business mayhem.
The reader is never sure which ego, or alter ego is between the lines. "Most people are the sum total of many parts; as varied in temperament and layers of character as there are molecules in the human body." The man that wrote 'Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues' is alive and as well as can be expected within these pages. "When in doubt, trust your paranoia, it's probably the most accurate reading of the world. Whatever they tell you otherwise."
One thing that comes across from reading 'X-Ray', this man is not like anybody else!

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