Carey Fleiner examines English rock group the Kinks and their social and cultural influences both on and by the group from the early '60s to present day. In and around the biographical survey of the band's career, The Kinks looks at the several contexts in which the Kinks-and more recently, band founders and brother Ray and Dave Davies as solo acts-created and performed their work.
Carey Fleiner is currently a senior lecturer in classical and early medieval history at the University of Winchester. She has taught classes in both ancient history and the history of rock and roll.
Preface: Ordinary Lives Chapter 1: Introduction: Around the Dial Chapter 2: Something Better Beginning: Rock and Roll in the late `50s and Early `60s in Great Britain Chapter 3: `Top of the Pops:' Packaging, Marketing, and Image in the British Invasion 1964-1965 Chapter 4: Everybody's Gonna Be Happy: Humour and the Kinks Chapter 5: I Know What I Am, and I'm Glad I'm a Man: Sexuality and Gender in the Music of the Kinks Chapter 6: Here Comes Mr Flash: Anti-Utopia, Politics, and Social Consciousness Chapter 7: I Miss the Village Green: The Past as Refuge Chapter 8: Rock and Roll Celluloid Heroes: The Legacy of the Kinks