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Dave Davies of the Kinks is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the revolutionary guitar sound he created which launched the Kinks into global stardom.
Musicologist Joe Harrington described the Kinks' influence: "'You Really Got Me', 'All Day and All of the Night' . . . were predecessors of the whole three-chord genre ... the Kinks did a lot to help turn rock 'n' roll into rock." Writer Bill Crowley wrote, "As lead guitarist and co-founder of The Kinks, Dave Davies is one of the most unpredictable and original forces in rock, without whom guitar-rock styles including heavy metal and punk would have been inconceivable. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dave's massive guitar sounds have inspired bands from Van Halen to Green Day."
Since the early days, Dave has worked on a slew of critically acclaimed records, ranging from solo hit song "Death of a Clown", to experimental Kinks records like "Village Green Preservation Society" and "Arthur" and the classic song "Lola" in 1970. In the 1980s Dave released experimentally prescient solo work like the eponymous album titled "Dave Davies" or "AFL1-3603" named after himself and/or the barcode symbol face cover art. His mainstream success continued on hit Kinks albums "Low Budget" and "State of Confusion", the band re-attaining the success they previously had in America in the mid-60s, before they were unfairly banned for 4 years.
In the 1990s Dave released more solo work such as "Bug" and the compilation "Unfinished Business". His songs have been featured in films by John Carpenter and Wes Anderson, who featured "Strangers" in "Darjeeling Limited" (this song has been covered by numerous artists including Norah Jones). One of Dave`s most popular Kinks songs "Living on a Thin Line" was used in the HBO television show "The Sopranos". His tell-all autobiographical book "Kink" was well received in the late `90s as well. In recent years, Dave has collaborated creatively with his sons. In 2010 he worked with son Russell Davies to create the hauntingly beautiful rock electronica album, "The Aschere Project". Dave is currently working with son Martin on their second documentary film "Dave Davies Rock `N Roll Journey" - following on from "Mystical Journey" - and he has just released a book on meditation called "Heal". He has also been collaborating on a Kinks biopic directed by Julien Temple, who previously made the BBC documentary about Dave - "Kinkdom Come".
Dave's last album "I Will Be Me" was a return to his groundbreaking guitar sound and innovative songwriting. His classically English voice showed off a new deepness but he still hit his famous high notes in this collection. Dave’s latest album “Open Road” is an album by Dave & Russ Davies, two musicians coming from different eras and backgrounds in music fusing their collective experience into a deeply honest and inspiring LP. Together they have crafted a beautiful pop rock album, bringing together their own personal history and experience into a molten expression of sentimental acoustic songs and anthemic rock hits.