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Ray Davies is an English musician best known as the lead singer and songwriter of The Kinks who he formed with his younger brother, Dave. The Kinks played as a band for over thirty tumultuous years, released twenty five albums and many hit singles including 3 number ones and 18 placed in the top forty. Nearly all were written or co-written by Davies including “Waterloo Sunset’ perhaps one of the most famous and best loved of London songs and which he played at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony. Known for his poetic, witty and literate style of lyrics and a unique chronicling of English working class life, he has proved one of the most influential of British songwriters.

Since the dissolution of the Kinks in 1996, he has embarked on a solo career as a singer-songwriter releasing five solo albums. He was awarded a CBE for his services to music in 2004, one of the many awards he has been given. He has also written musicals, films, rock operas, a book of short stories and acted in, directed and produced shows for theatre and television. He continues to tour.

Julien Temple is a director of films, documentaries and music videos. He began his career with short films featuring the Sex Pistols, and has continued with various off-beat projects, including The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginners and a documentary about the Glastonbury festival. Julien has directed several videos for The Kinks, and directed the biopic Ray Davies: Imaginary Man in 2010.
Time Out London