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The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society

The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Andy Miller
Publisher: Continuum
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 160
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0826414982
ISBN-13: 9780826414984

About the Book:

By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the 33 1/3 series explores critically acclaimed and much-loved albums by famous recording artists.

Ignored by virtually everyone upon its release in November 1968, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society is now seen as one of the best British albums ever recorded. Author Andy Miller traces the perilous circumstances surrounding its creation, and celebrates the timeless, perfectly crafted songs pieced together by a band who were on the verge of disintegration and who refused to follow fashion.

As Andy Miller states in the book, "Big Sky contains some of the most beautiful, thunderous music The Kinks ever recorded, aligned to a vulnerability and warmth no other group — and I mean no other group — could ever hope to equal. It is a perfectly balanced production. On the one hand, the mesh of clattering drums and electric guitar never threatens to overwhelm the melody; on the other, the gossamer-light harmonies, Ray and Dave's vocal line traced by Rasa Davies' wordless falsetto, are bursting with emotion. When most of the instruments drop away at 1.20, the effect is effortlessly vivid — two lines where Davies' performance is both nonchalant and impassioned. The result is wonderfully, enchantingly sad, made more so perhaps by the knowledge that The Kinks will never again sound so refined or so right."


What people say:

"…this is a charming and valuable addition to the series." — Ugly Things

"So thorough is Miller's survey of the period." — Pop Culture Press

"a Kinks fan's dream come true: 140 pages exhaustively detailing inner turmoil and explosive genius … You bet I'm happy." — Playback Magazine

"…a convincing case for the Kinks' 1968 operetta of English village life as a heartbreaking work of staggering genius…." — Rolling Stone

"A compelling portrait...Miller's insight into the album's thematic structure is as eloquent as any writing on The Kinks." — Philadelphia City Paper

"Like the best books … it makes the reader want to reinvestigate the album or hear it for the first time." — Blender Magazine

About the Author:

Andy Miller has written for The Guardian, The Idler, Esquire and Mojo. He has also worked as a bookseller and a publisher (for Fourth Estate) in London.