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The Kinks launch double CD featuring original versions of songs from hit musical ‘Sunny Afternoon’

October 16, 2015

THE KINKSUnion Square Music has launched a new double-CD compilation which features the original versions of the Kinks classics performed in the award-winning stage musical Sunny Afternoon. All the tracks were specially selected by The Kinks’ Ray Davies. 

The musical Sunny Afternoon – named after The Kinks’ 1966 hit – uses songs by the band to tell the story of Ray Davies’s early life as well as the rise of the band he founded with his brother Dave in 1964. The musical has won four Olivier Awards.

Titled Sunny Afternoon – The Very Best of The Kinks, the new compilation contains nine of The Kinks’ UK Top Five hit singles, including three Number Ones. It features tracks such as ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘Waterloo Sunset’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, and ‘Lola’. It also includes Kinks interviews and session tracks from the BBC’s archives.

The Kinks’ influence is now seen across a wide range of rock acts, such as The Who, Bruce Springsteen, The Jam, The Pretenders, Tom Petty, XTC and Elvis Costello – all of whom have paid homage to The Kinks at some point in covers or accolades.

The Who’s Pete Townshend was particularly influenced by the group’s sound: “Dave Davies was a real innovator and Ray was a gobsmacking genius,” he once remarked. “I desperately hope they work together again.”

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Inspired by real events, “Gilbert’s Gift” tells the story of Gilbert Shilling—a rock star back in the Swinging Sixties—who becomes a living lung donor to save the life of a dying boy he has never met.

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Led Zeppelin branded as ‘hollow’ by Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards

October 12, 2015

Keith Richards -2012-12-13_2 Photo by SolarScottThe Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has laid into fellow Sixties bands Led Zeppelin and The Who during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

The 71-year-old Stones legend reportedly described Led Zeppelin as “hollow” and said The Who were a “crazy” band and their frontman Roger Daltrey was “all flash”.

Richards revealed he has never been a fan of Led Zeppelin and while he thinks Jimmy Page is a great guitarist he doesn’t like him when he’s performing with the other members of the band.

“I love Jimmy Page,” he told Rolling Stone magazine, “but as a band, no, with John Bonham thundering down the highway in an uncontrolled 18-wheeler … Jimmy is a brilliant player. But I always felt there was something a little hollow about it, you know?”

Meanwhile, Richards also wrote off The Who. “I always thought Roger Daltrey was all flash,” he told Rolling Stone in the same interview. “I love Pete Townshend, but I always thought the Who were a crazy band anyway. You would say to Keith Moon, if you were in a session with him, ‘Just give me a swing,’ and he couldn’t … He was an incredible drummer, but only with Pete Townshend.”

Rolling Stone magazine has credited Keith Richards as the creator of “rock’s greatest single body of riffs” on guitar and ranks him fourth on its list of 100 Best Guitarists. Jimmy Page is ranked third …

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What would YOU give to save the life of a stranger’s child? That’s the emotive question posed by this heartwarming novel of selfless courage, a quest for forgiveness, and a Swinging Sixties first love that never grew old.

“Gilbert’s Gift” is available from Amazon as a US paperback, UK paperback and as an eBook from Amazon’s Kindle Store. It is also available from Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Fiction & Literature/Brian Will Oliver), Barnes & Noble’s Nook Store, and from KoboBooks.

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The Who’s Pete Townshend to publish memoir ‘Who I Am’ in October

May 9, 2012

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The Who’s Pete Townshend is set to release his long awaited autobiography, titled Who I Am – A Memoir, in both hardcover and eBook form on October 11 2012.

  According to publisher HarperCollins, the book will reveal Townshend’s “most intimate memories”.

  “This book is not a vanity for me,” says Townshend. “It’s an essential rite of passage.”

Find out more and watch a VIDEO about the book HERE …

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The Who’s Pete Townshend working on Quadrophenia tour and remastered ‘Director’s Cut’ box-set

August 3, 2011

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Pete Townshend is working on a “definitive” re-mastered box set of The Who’s 1973 double album Quadrophenia.

He also hints that The Who may mount a 2012 tour based on the classic album. The last Quadrophenia tour took place between 1996 and 1997.

The new deluxe box set – titled Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut –  will be released on 14 November 2011. It will include surround-sound mixes of selected tracks, newly restored demos of songs that didn’t make it onto the original album, a deluxe hardback book, and other exclusive material.

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey in danger of permanently losing voice

February 3, 2011

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey says he is treasuring every minute he can sing because he has been warned he could lose his voice “at any time”.

  The 66-year-old singer underwent surgery to remove a pre-cancerous growth from his throat in December 2009, and he has been working with a throat specialist in the United States to help save his vocal cords.

  Daltrey hopes he will be able to keep singing for many more years, but he has been told his voice could suddenly disappear without warning.

  He first became aware of a problem with his voice shortly after finishing a 30-date tour two years ago. “My voice wasn’t behaving in the normal way,” he told CBS television. “It was becoming hard work to sing.

  “I got depressed after the operation, during what I call the Big Silence,” he said. “That’s when I realised what it would be like to not have a voice.”

  Daltrey revealed he still has to have his throat checked regularly. “It could go bang at any time,” he said. “The time-bomb’s ticking away. But what do you do? I just enjoy every minute I have.”

  At the same time, Pete Townshend’s hearing problems are also threatening The Who’s future.

  After decades of playing and listening to loud music, Townshend suffers from both tinnitus and partial deafness. Last year, the 65-year-old guitarist had to endure a severe recurrence of tinnitus which forced The Who to cancel a number of shows.

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