Schoolboys in Disgrace

The story of the Kinks is one of missed opportunities. They first appeared as specialists in a highly stripped-down, tribal form of rhythm & blues; their early singles are sex itself: no other band at the time demonstrated such single-minded commitment to grit and groove. Royalties and chart-success rightly followed; for a minute it looked as though all of this could end in nothing short of Beatles-like world dominance. And then it fell apart.

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