On the Scene at SXSW: Special presentation with Ray Davies
Ray Davies started his day like many of the other SXSW festival-goers standing in the lobby of the Austin Radisson hotel — at noon, bellying up to the in-house Starbucks for a kick start. Five hours later, the grand old Kink would hold court at the Austin Convention Center for a ”special presentation,” a live acoustic set of songs from his new album, Other People’s Lives, mixed with some narration, and the premiere of a home video that chronicles the eight-years-in-the-making solo debut.
The video begins with the legendary British songwriter’s return to the U.S. (his lifelong creative inspiration, he says) to embark upon the journey of his first album independent of his longtime band the Kinks. It follows Davies from New York City (where we get a glimpse of some of the ”other people’s lives” he encounters, including that of a self-professed hermaphrodite who is tweaking his own nipples while walking his ”lesbian” dog along the streets of the Big Apple), a performance tour through the States that commences days after Sept. 11, all the way through to his relocation to New Orleans — where he was ultimately shot during an alleged mugging. It’s uncertain if Davies plans to one day release the video diary in some form or fashion, but if so it would be of interest to diehard Kinks-Davies fans.
When asked by EW during the presentation’s closing Q&A session how he thinks one of his biggest fans, Who leader Pete Townshend, who has often been openly effusive of Davies’ work with the Kinks, might like Other People’s Lives, Davies quipped, ”I don’t think in the time of the literary greats one of them would call up the other and say, ‘I just finished your book, jolly good read.”’ Still, Davies added, ”I hope he likes it.”
(Ray Davies: Barry Brecheisen/WireImage.com)