Sunday, 27 April 2014

Ray Davies – ‘The Kinks and Beyond’ at the Stratford Literary Festival on Monday 28th April (7.30pm to 9.15pm). Tickets still available.

Mon 28th April 2014
7.30pm - 9.15pm

 Stratford Arts House

 £14 with interval

Ray Davies CBE, one of the most successful and influential songwriters to emerge from the British Invasion of the 1960s, founded the rock band The Kinks with his brother Dave in London in 1964, and they celebrate 50 years this year.

The band’s string of 14 top ten international hits began with ‘You Really Got Me’, followed by ‘All Day and All of The Night’, ‘Tired of Waiting’, ‘Set Me Free’, ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, ‘Waterloo Sunset’, ‘Lola’,‘Apeman’ and ‘Come Dancing’ among many others.

Davies has released two solo albums, a choral collection of Kinks classics and his recent collaborations album, See My Friends, saw him return again to the top ten working with the likes of Metallica, Bruce Springsteen and Mumford and Sons. Davies collaborated with Barrie Keeffe in 1981 on his first stage musical, Chorus Girls, and in 1988 wrote 80 Days with Snoo Wilson, which was produced at the La Jolla Playhouse. He returned with his third musical, Come Dancing, in 2008 at Stratford East which won the What’s On Stage Best off West End Musical Award.

He performed at the London Olympics followed by his most successful solo tour to date, he is working on a new musical and his second autobiography, Americana, is now out.

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