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Ray Davies: part of Swinging Sixties London — and apart from it too

Andy Miller finds Johnny Rogan’s biography scrupulously fair,though Ray Davies himself remains an enigma

21 March 2015

9:00 AM

21 March 2015

9:00 AM

Ray Davies: A Complicated Life Johnny Rogan

Bodley Head, pp.756, £25

As Johnny Rogan notes in this new biography of Ray Davies and the Kinks, it is almost 50 years since the term ‘Swinging London’ was first used by a newspaper to describe ‘the most exciting city in the world … all vibrating with youth’. Those smashing times may not have lasted long but the vibrations carry on to the present day.

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