Kinks’ Dave Davies Announces “must-read” Memoir ‘Living on a Thin Line’

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Kinks’ Dave Davies Announces “must-read” Memoir ‘Living on a Thin Line’

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The Kinks guitarist and rock legend Dave Davies has announced an upcoming autobiography, Living on a Thin Line, which will be arriving in July 2022. 

The book will be published via Headline, who has described the upcoming memoir as a “must-read” for fans of the Kinks and rock ’n’ roll alike, saying: “Dave Davies is the co-founder and lead guitarist of epoch-defining band the Kinks, a group with 50 million record sales to their name. In his autobiography, Davies revisits the glory days of the band that spawned so much extraordinary music, and which had such a profound influence on bands from the Clash and Van Halen to Oasis and Blur.”

“Full of tales of the tumultuous times and the ups-and-downs of his relationship with his brother Ray, along with encounters with the likes of John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, this will be a glorious read for Kinks fans and anyone who wants to read about the heyday of rock 'n' roll.”


The title of the book is taken from a track Dave Davies penned for the Kinks’ 1984 album Word of Mouth. He recalled writing the work fondly in a statement, saying: “I’ve had a laugh, and shed quite a few tears, thinking back over the last six decades since the Kinks had our first hit in 1964 with You Really Got Me. Here are the ups and downs of my life in the Kinks and what happened afterwards. Prepare to be amazed and, I hope, surprised.”

The Kinks| | ‘You Really Got Me’ 

Despite their notoriously turbulent relationship over the years, in a 2019 interview with Rolling Stone, Ray Davies hinted at the possibility of new music from the brothers, saying: “We’ve been talking about it. I mean there’s a lot of material and, you know, it could still happen.”

Adding: “Music… saved my life when I was a young man, because I was a rebellious kid. And [now I’m] a rebellious old man.”


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