Ray(mond Douglas) Davies John Mendelsohn - Essay

John Mendelsohn

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

So, apparently having forgotten the Byrds' words of caution, you wanna be a rock and roll star, eh? Before you trade in your stereo components toward the price of an electric guitar, there's [Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround (Part One), a] rock and roll essay by Ray Davies and his boys that your ears just have to read….

"The Contender"—silly quasi-bluegrass yielding to some of the most energetic rock and roll noises the Kinks have made since their live-at-Kelvin-Hall LP. Impatient to get out of the life you're presently leading …, you resolve to bust out by playing rock and roll….

"Get Back In Line"—the album's masterpiece: lovely musically, most...

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