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Ray Davies to Release New Solo Album Along with His Memoir This Fall

Image courtesy of Decca Label Group (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Decca Label Group (via ABC News Radio)

The Kinks ' Ray Davies has revealed that he's planning to release a new solo album in conjunction with the publication of his forthcoming memoir, Americana -- The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: The Story .  He tells the U.K. tabloid Daily Star that the recording "includes lots of hobby songs I've written over the past 20 years while I travelled around -- a musical diary."

He adds that he's "never shown [the tunes] to anyone but they're a great way of helping me understand myself."

Americana , which is scheduled to hit stores on October 1, focuses on his conflicted feelings about the United States.  The 320-page autobiography will feature the singer/songwriter's recollections of The Kinks' first stateside trek and the group's subsequent four-year ban from touring in the U.S.  It also will offer an account of the 2004 shooting incident during a robbery in New Orleans that almost claimed Davies' life.  In addition, the book will an eight-page insert including color photos from Davies' and The Kinks' private archives.

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