We are delighted to be joined by The Kinks’ Dave Davies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society on Saturday 13th October to celebrate the the first ever National Album Day at The John Peel Centre For Creative Arts in Stowmarket.
Dave Davies will be interviewed by Classic Album Sundays founder and BBC 6music host Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and they will discuss the creation and enduring appeal of The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society. This will be followed by a full album playback of John Peel’s personal vinyl copy of the record on a world class audiophile sound system installed by Nintronics featuring Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers. The evening will wrap up 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 as part of the US British Invasion, 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 Ravenscroft, The Kinks singles regularly appeared in the station’s charts. ‘A Well Respected Man’ reached number 2 in the main chart in February, and ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and ‘Dead End Street’ featured in both the station chart and Ravencroft/Peel’s own ‘K/Men British Pop Ten’ and ‘Sunny Afternoon’ topped the British chart of 29 July.
The Kinks recorded four Peel Sessions for the John’s show between 1967 and 1974, with musicians Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory present for all three.
The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society wasn’t initially a success upon it’s release, coming along at a time when Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, Led Zeppelin’s debut, and the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet were the flavours of the day. The Kinks’ sixth studio LP seemed disconnected with the world’s love of more raucos rock n’ roll as it 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, it’s following grew until it become viewed as a masterpiece. For many it is now justly considered Davies’ and The Kinks’ most satisfying album: a creative highpoint matched only by the band’s landmark singles of the period.
God Save the Village Green!
Date and Time: Saturday 13th October 5:00 to 8:00pm (Doors 4:30pm)
John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET
Transport by train: 5 minute walk from Stowmarket Station on the Norwich route from London Liverpool Street Station
Transport by car: Off the A14 and more directions here