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Saturday 23 August 2014

Kinks icon tells of his Irish brush with death

Allison Bray

Published 20/05/2014 | 02:30

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Kinks legend Ray Davies with his new book, which he discussed at the National Concert Hall.

FORMER Kinks frontman Ray Davies has told of his brush with death while visiting his daughter in Cork

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The guitarist and singer with the British pop legends, now a solo artist, revealed that he had a close call one Christmas after reversing over a clifftop near the Old Head of Kinsale.

He was visiting his daughter Eva at the time and was trying to get a mobile phone signal.

"I reversed over the edge slightly and I couldn't move," he told the Irish Independent.

"I couldn't go forwards and I couldn't go backwards. The story of my life, really," said the 70-year-old with a smile.

The gardai ended up rescuing him eventually but didn't have a clue who he was: "They said it was a very unusual thing to do on Christmas evening."

The anecdote is among a collection of personal stories in his second book 'Americana: The Kinks, The Road and The Perfect Riff' which he discussed with award-winning Irish writer Joseph O'Connor during a question and answer session at Dublin's National Concert Hall as part of the Dublin Writers' Festival 2014.

O'Connor, whose sister is Irish music legend Sinead O'Connor, is also promoting his latest work 'The Thrill of It All', which explores the teenage dreams of an 1980s rock band, set "to an evocative soundtrack of blues, ska, new wave and punk".

Irish Independent

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