Date(s) - 13/10/2018
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
John Peel Centre
Classic Album Sundays and The John Peel Archive present Ray Davies on ‘The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society’ on Bowers & Wilkins
We are delighted that Classic Album Sundays will be bringing Ray Davies to the John Peel Centre just ahead of the 50th anniversary of the release of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society on Saturday 13th October to celebrate the first ever National Album Day.
Ray will be interviewed by Classic Album Sundays founder and BBC 6 Music host Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy to look back at the enduring appeal of The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society. This will be followed by a full album playback on a world class audiophile sound system installed by Nintronics featuring Bowers & Wilkins and then we will finish with a Q&A allowing fans to ask questions of their own.
Formed in 1963, The Kinks rose to fame during the mid-1960s and were part of the British Invasion of the US and are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era. Bands such as The Jam, The Pretenders, The Fall, Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence.
The Kinks’ run of hit singles coincided with John Peel’s time working as a DJ in the US. During 1966, when he was working at KMEN under the name John Ravencroft, The Kinks singles regularly appeared in the station’s charts, with ‘A Well Respected Man’ reaching number 2 in the main chart in February, and ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and ‘Dead End Street’ featuring in both the station chart and Ravencroft/Peel’s own ‘K/Men British Pop Ten’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’ topping the British chart of 29 July.
The Kinks recorded four sessions for the John Peel show between 1967 and 1974, with musicians Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory present for all three. These were originally included on the 2001 double album BBC Sessions and subsequently on the lavish 2012 box set The Kinks At The BBC.
Upon release The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society wasn’t initially a success, coming along at a time when Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, Led Zeppelin’s debut, and the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet were flavour of the day, The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society seemed disconnected with the world’s love of more raucous rock and roll and headed in a much more subtle, understated direction. Like many great works the album was born out of a series of “happy accidents”. The band’s composer and front man, Ray Davies, had originally wanted to do a concept album about life in London but after a trip to rural Devonshire, England he decided to work on the “village” concept instead.
Although praised by many critics, it was largely overlooked by the public. However, as years passed its following grew until it become viewed as a masterpiece. For many it’s now justly considered Davies’ most satisfying album: a creative highpoint matched only by the band’s landmark singles of the period.
God Save the Village Green!
More information can be read on the Classic Album Sundays website, including an additional ticket link which may have tickets available if we have sold out of our allocation.
Tickets are on sale now for £18 + booking fee (seated, unallocated, all with a good view) available from Classic Album Sundays’ website. Please note that tickets are very limited and ONLY AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE. They are not available through the John Peel Centre Box Office.
Doors will open at 4.30pm with the interview starting at 5pm.