The fact that Dave Davies of The Kinks had had his hair cut led to international consternation in 1965, as borne out by this snippet of Swedish correspondence from a teen magazine called Fabulous dated 26 June of that year.
If you’re interested in seeing what the younger Davies brother’s hair looks like now, you have the chance to see him on tour stateside. For the latest dates from late May to June 2013, check http://www.kindakinks.net/tourdates.ph.
Those of you in old Blighty might get a chance to preview the tour at Dave’s now regular entry on the spiritual calendar, the spring satsang weekend at his home, which generally features two intimate evening concerts (see previous bashful blogs). Taking place immediately beforehand, these could in effect serve as warm-up shows for the US venture. No doubt he’ll showcase material from his new album I Will Be Me (available to purchase at the gigs) as well as perform plenty of familiar songs from The Kinks’ and his own solo catalogue.
Meanwhile big brother Ray Davies’s latest venture into publishing is due for release in October this year. Americana is an exploration of Ray’s relationship with the land of the free, from which he and his band were ironically banned for a number of years in the 1960s. If his earlier unauthorised autobiography X-Ray is anything to go by, the reader can expect some candid and revealing testimony about Ray’s experiences across the pond.
Not to mention, no doubt, insights into his relationships with his brother and the rest of the band. I wonder if Ray would agree with this excerpt from Dave’s astrological assessment?
Dave Davies responds very strongly to the emotional tone and atmosphere around him, and can be dominated by his fluctuating and unpredictable moods. Davies often appears irrational to others because he cannot always explain the reason or source of his feelings. … [He] is also very sympathetic and understands the unspoken feelings and needs of others [but] takes slights and rebuffs very personally and though he may forgive a transgression by a friend or loved one, he never forgets it.
Mind you, Ray’s astrological profile on this site is remarkably similar so I’m not sure how much stock you can put by any of this stuff. Of Ray we learn:
Serious and emotionally reserved, Ray Davies was probably never an exuberant, playful child, and he rarely expresses himself in a spontaneous, childlike manner. He is cautious about letting others get close to him and sometimes withdraws from people altogether. At times, Ray Davies feels lonely or isolated, even when he is with people. Learning to appreciate his own company and find satisfying solitary activities is essential to Ray’s emotional well-being.
But back to the US, where both Ray and Dave have lived for periods in the past, and where Ray has even been shot (and mistakenly reported as dead in a contemporary newspaper).
From the days when he was prohibited entry, Ray had noted in song in 1968 that ‘American tourists flock to see the village green’ to 2007 when ‘Working Man’s Café’ wryly observed: ‘Everywhere I go it looks and feels like America’, it’s been hard for him to remain neutral on the nation. After all, it has invaded and colonised our culture pretty thoroughly over the intervening decades and that’s something none of us can help noticing, let alone Raymond Douglas.
 Thanks to Pamela for the spare copy she gave us at the uproarious annual Kinks Konvention 2012, held in the Boston Arms in Tufnell Park.
 See http://www.davedavies.com/splanet/dreamreader/satsang/indexS4.html for details.
 For a review of X-Ray, see http://sshh-sshh.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/x-raying-x-ray-by-ray-davies-part-one.html