April 2020 Fiction & Entertainment General Titles


The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-detached Mark Doyle

Paperback | Apr 2020 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781789142303 | 248pp | 210x148mm | GEN | AUD$24.99, NZD$29.99

An illuminating study of the relationship between the Kinks and their city, London.

Of all the great British bands to emerge from the 1960s, none had a stronger sense of place than the Kinks. Often described as the archetypal English band, they were above all a quintessentially working-class band with a deep attachment to London. Mark Doyle examines the relationship between the Kinks and their city, from their early songs of teenage rebellion to their album-length works of social criticism. He finds fascinating and sometimes surprising connections with figures as diverse as Edmund Burke, John Clare and Charles Dickens. More than just a book about the Kinks, this is a book about a social class undergoing a series of profound changes, and about a group of young men who found a way to describe, lament and occasionally even celebrate those changes through song.