AMERICANA: Ray Davies and the new rock memoir

Says Record Collector magazine:

Music autobiographies are bigger business than ever before. Johnny Rogan, a man who knows a thing or two about writing a great rock book, analyses the current trend and talks to Ray Davies about his acclaimed new publication, Americana

Like stockmarket shares, rock music autobiographies and memoirs from the legends of the 60s and 70s rise and fall, but they’ve seldom looked so valuable. When Keith Richards’ Life became a bestseller, in 2010, publishers reacted like record companies in search of a Christmas No 1. Last year, there were three heavyweights: Pete Townshend’s Who I Am, Rod Stewart’s The Autobiography, and Neil Young’s Waging Heavy Peace. Each was strikingly ...

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