Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ray Davies of The Kinks has had a complex relationship with America over the years. He’s toured here, was banned from here, and suffered a near-fatal gunshot wound in New Orleans. It was while recuperating from that injury that he began writing Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story, which has just been released. Jim Nolan spoke with Ray Davies by phone about his life, his music and his divided loyalties between Great Britain and America.
Martin Giesbrecht is a retired professor of economics, having taught at Wilmington College and Northern Kentucky University. He has been a frequent contributor to WVXU over the years, doing commentary and guest spots discussing today’s economy. He has written a memoir, Before I Forget: stories and thoughts of a clarinet playing academic, and he joins Frank Johnson to talk about his love of music, economics and writing this book.
Author Kambri Crews joins Mark Perzel to talk about her provocative bestselling memoir, Burn Down the Ground, about her life as a hearing child of deaf parents and her father’s subsequent arrest and prison sentence.
On this Derby Day, Mark Perzel talks with Clare Balding, and award-winning sports broadcaster from the BBC who was proclaimed a “national treasure” after her work on the London Olympic Games. She has written her memoir, My Animals and Other Family. She talks about her championship horse trainer father and the hundreds of horses who were literally a part of the family, and as the only girl, how she ranked behind her brother and the horses while growing up.