I wonder where they all are now…
or indeed who they ever were in the first place
an annotated list of real and imaginary people named or alluded to in the songs of The Kinks and Ray Davies (with some of Dave’s thrown in too)
“I think a big mistake is to become an academic
about all these things, analysing things”
– Ray Davies quoted in the liner notes
of the Velvel reissue of ‘Word of mouth’.
This is not an ordinary encyclopedia, rather an extension of what Samuel Johnson did with his Dictionary … as soon may become apparent, a certain personal indulgence creeps, staggers and bulldozes its way in. Another dictionary – Ambrose Bierce’s ‘Devil’s dictionary’ – could be cited. Nevertheless, I hope you will find genuine information in here to further your edification and enjoyment of the works of Ray Davies.
Specific filing rules and conventions (basically just a librarian mucking about):
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” – Ralph Waldo Emerson from Self reliance
“Without contraries is no progression” – William Blake in The marriage of heaven and hell
Librarians are a presence in Kinkdom. Not specifically in the songs or the lives lived – no mention of the local public library in Ray or Dave’s songs or autobiographies – but when the Kinks Preservation Society web digest did a ‘What’s your job?’ a few years ago I seem to recall at least 3 of us owned up and that didn’t include Doug Hinman, author of indisputibly the biggest book thus far published on The Kinks, the Bible that is ‘You really got me : an illustrated world discography’. The organisation of that book is professionally impeccable – as it had to be to cope with the wealth of material at hand – but it is not exactly intuitive. This current enterprise is a more ramshackle affair but appropriate to the cause, I hope.
Entries are listed alphabetically on the appropriate pages listed & linked below. The see and see also references do not – unfortunately – work as links within these pages. (Either I’m not very good at this or WordPress does not have the functionality.)
Filing rules, abbreviations, colour significance (real contemporaries, historical figures, Davies family members, fictional characters etc) will all be explained – and actioned – at a later date. And every so often probably won’t necessarily be applied consistently because, hey, I’m not at work now.
And while we’re talking of there (Philip Larkin: “the toad work”) some librarians worry about the ‘image’ of the profession (fully qualified survivors, oh yes) and a couple – not necessarily with that worry in mind – have put together web pages concerning the appearance of librarians in movies and in popular song (shame the last one hasn’t been updated). The links worked when I made them. The latter is not large and is somewhat obscure ie. I’ve never heard most of them
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