Ray Davies

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Thomas Walsh: “I thought there was one record in me that I should make for myself.” Photograph: Graham Keogh

In a world of media-managed pop stars, blander-than-beige musicians and so-called rock stars too afraid to stick their heads above the parapet for ris(...)

Ray Davies’s 2013 memoir was not just a recollection of his life experiences but also the catalyst for his first album since 2007, which, like the boo(...)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Ray Davies attends an after party following the press night performance of "Hamlet" at the Barbican Centre on August 25, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Constructive story ideas have always fascinated Ray Davies. The one-time frontman of The Kinks, and a songwriter long regarded by many as the poet lau(...)

Tennis star Andy Murray has been awarded a Knighthood for services to tennis and charity in the UK New Year Honours list.  Photo credit should read: Steve Paston/PA Wire

Actor Mark Rylance and tennis star Andy Murray have been awarded knighthoods, as talent from across the performing arts and sporting worlds were recog(...)

From left, Ben Johnston, Simon Neill and James Johnston. Photograph: Austin Hargrave

It is the day after Brexit and Northern Ireland have just exited the Euros by an own goal to Wales, so the circumstances of Biffy Clyro’s headline sl(...)

Thomas Walsh has always borne his influences brazenly – but when those influences are classic pop bands like ELO, The Kinks and The Beach Boys(...)

Just after we shake hands and sit down for a chat, I make Johnny Marr a solemn promise. “Don’t worry,” I say. “I’m not going to ask you that question.(...)

Ray Davies with author Joseph O’Connor at the National Concert Hall last night as part of the Dublin Writers Festival.

The Kinks front man Ray Davies said his best songs wrote him rather than the other way round. Davies spoke about his new book Americana last night at (...)

Emirates Team New Zealand races ahead of Oracle Team USA in front of Alcatraz Island during the America’s Cup finals in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images.

Craig Monk, a mountain of a mariner, remembers his first year in charge of physical training for an America’s Cup team. It was 1995 and Monk – all 280(...)

The band’s third record follows the nuanced compositional flair of The Sleeper (2009(...)

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